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Single Idea 20414

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / c. A unified people]

Full Idea

We may take Hegel's Absolute Spirit to be the union of collective, human rational activity at a historical moment with its proper object, the forms of social and individual life that the rational activity is devoted to understanding and sustaining.

Gist of Idea

Hegel's Absolute Spirit is the union of human rational activity at a moment, and whatever that sustains


report of Georg W.F.Hegel (works [1812]) by Richard Eldridge - G.W.F. Hegel (aesthetics) 1

A Reaction

From this formulation it sounds as if the whole human race might have momentary union, but presumably it is more local 'peoples' that can exhibit this.

Book Reference

'Key Thinkers in Aesthetics', ed/tr. Giovannelli,Alessandro [Continuum 2012], p.77