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Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)$
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H. S. Harris

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246541.001.0001

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CHAPTER The ‘Resumption of the Whole into One’

CHAPTER The ‘Resumption of the Whole into One’

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(p.144) CHAPTER IV The ‘Resumption of the Whole into One’
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Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)
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H. S. Harris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246541.003.0005

In the ‘Natural Law’ lectures, Hegel passed straight from political theory to the evolution of religious consciousness. This chapter examines the life story of God, the triangulation of the Trinity, the motion of the triangles, the half-triangles of Cognition, and the ‘Resting Square’. The moving principle of natural ethics is the singular consciousness of the individual. As that consciousness matures, the individual becomes aware that he lives, moves, and has his being in a naturally given whole that expresses his nature as a rational being. This natural whole is the family. The most important speculative interpretation of the Trinity that Hegel attempted in this period was probably contained in the lost manuscript on the ‘Triangle of triangles’.

Keywords:   God, triangulation, Trinity, triangular motion, Cognition, resting square, natural ethics

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