Hegel on the Soul: A Speculative Anthropology

In the Hegelian system of philosophical sciences, the Anthropology directly follows the Philosophy of Nature and forms the first of the three sciences of Subjective Spirit: Anthropo­logy, Phenomenology, and Psychology.

The section on Subjective Spirit is then followed by sections on Objective Spirit and Absolute Spirit. The three sections together comprise the Philosophy of Spirit [Philosophie des Geistes], which constitutes the third and concluding main division of Hegel’s total system as presented in the Encyclopedia of Philosophic Sciences.

Hegel intended to write a separate full-scale work on the philosophy of Subjective Spirit as he had done on Objective Spirit (The Philosophy of Right), but died before he could do so. Thus the focus of this study is quite concentrated.

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