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date: 26 May 2019

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This chapter aims to show that in the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit, Hegel develops a thoroughly ‘detranscendentalized’ account of the human person as the ‘concrete’ flesh-and-blood subject of knowledge and action, an account that deserves much more attention than it has received. Reconstructing Hegel’s holistic picture of the human person as the ‘concrete subject’ of knowing and acting requires a proper understanding of the structure of the text, which on a simple linear reading appears fragmentary and confusing. This chapter focuses on the Psychology section, and the thematically closely connected Phenomenology section. It first reconstructs the ‘parallel architectonics’ of the Phenomenology and Psychology, the understanding of which is essential for comprehending the substantial views Hegel puts forth in them. It then draws on this reconstruction and introduces central elements of Hegel’s account of the human person as the concrete subject of knowledge and action as it unfolds in the text.

Keywords: Hegel, phenomenology, psychology, Philosophy of Subjective Spirit, knowledge

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