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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter considers Hegel’s Anthropology from two points of view. First, it asks how the Anthropology fits into the developmental process presented in the Encyclopedia at large, specifically into the emergence of consciousness and the achievement of individuation. This is Hegel’s primary systematic aim: to explain how the cultivation of certain subjective capacities contributed to the differentiation between subject and object that is distinctive of consciousness and necessary for individuation. But the chapter also shows that this is not Hegel’s only interest in these capacities. Second, it asks how the Anthropology fits into the subsequent domain of Objective Spirit, and thus to what extent it is written from a “pragmatic point of view,” with an eye to the realization of those capacities in the context of ethical life. Here it focuses specifically on Hegel’s anthropological account of habit and its application to the habit of the ethical.

Keywords: Hegel, anthropology, Encyclopedia, habit, subject, object

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