Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Three Videos on the Law Of The Heart
What Hegel is exploring and examining is a new shape of consciousness, one that he views as particular to modern times in the West. In the earlier portions of this "Actualization of Self-Consciousness" part of the Reason section, Hegel narrated for us how rational self-consciousness extricated itself from what he had called the "ethical substance" - the culture and community to which the individual belongs, seemingly complete with its laws, mores, and customs, its Sitte.
Self-consciousness tried out an individualism of pleasure-seeking and found it empty. Now it is going to look within, to its own sentiments, and find a "law of the heart", a law that calls for being externalized, actualized, in and against the social space in which that individual - and all the other ones as well - lives out its existence. How well will that new project go? Well, you'll have to see. . .
Here are the first three videos for this section: