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Summer 1998


Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne


H. S. Harris is one of the great Hegel scholars of our era. I want to present a view different from his of how Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit is organized, what it is trying to do, and where it is trying to go. I hope my disagreements with Professor Harris will succeed in being dialectical; that is, that they will give rise to contradiction that allows for the generation of further insight. The proclaimed task of the Phenomenology is to educate, train, or culture ordinary consciousness, to raise it to the level of what Hegel calls "science" -or true knowledge.1 The Phenomenology is a movement from the simplest form of knowledge, senseI knowledge, all the way to abaolute knowing, that is, total, all-encompassing knowledge.

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