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date: 25 May 2019

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Chapter 3 suggests that the aim of Hegel’s Phenomenology is to work out the right understanding of what knowledge is, through an examination of other theories in philosophy and their failures. The author does so first by discussing the structure of consciousness from the Introduction and then by giving an interpretation of Sense-Certainty, Perception, and Force and Understanding. The chapter aims to show that a plausible account of knowledge can be developed by looking at the failures of other philosophical theories. It is possible, for example, to learn that a holistic understanding of laws and principles is required in order to establish physical laws and to claim any knowledge at all about the physical world.

Keywords: Hegel, consciousness, knowledge, perception, sense-certainty, Phenomenology

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