Hegel and the Human Spirit: A Translation of the Jena by G. W. F. Hegel (Author), Leo Rauch (translator and

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Once we accept the analogical basis for all this, however, we open ourselves to a broad range of suggestive possibilities. Thus, for example, the light which is being-within-itself entails its own potentiality and development. As Hegel says, it is the word which is as yet without articulation—a clear reference to the opening sentences of the Gospel of John. With this, the reality of light is its being-as-subject [Subjektseyn), and this involves its dispersion into innumerable points. It is therefore juxtaposed to matter which is self-enclosed, incommunicative, in darkness.

Here the v its being-for-me is superficially tied to intuition Its being is as this being-for-me, determinate inwardness. l0 88 I, as the inner [aspect] of the thing,~fsM itself the object. , the thing qua thing], is not yet-posited. This fact11—that I look at the thing as a mere sign, yet at its essence as I, as meaning, as reflection in itself—this itself is [my] object. Only then is it merely immediate inwardness; it must also enter into existence (Daseyn), become an object, so that on the contrary this inwardness is made external—a return to being [Seyn).

It is as though the living organism could no longer bear the opposition within itself, and succumbed to it. " The return to materiality, achieved in death, is, suprisingly, the best that the organism can do in the direction of autonomy. ) So the "highest" level of nature is the dying animal life; and this is a strange contrast and parallel to human life, where "return" is the positive attainment of selfhood. When the human individual becomes self-aware, this is the death of him as a "natural" inchoate being.

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