The Unhappy Consciousness in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Secular Reading

dc.contributor.advisorRusson, John
dc.contributor.authorFarivar, Sahand
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-12T21:07:05Z
dc.date.available2018-01-12T21:07:05Z
dc.date.copyright2018-01
dc.date.created2018-01-10
dc.date.issued2018-01-12
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePhilosophyen_US
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I present the unhappy consciousness as it appears in the “Freedom of Self-Consciousness” section of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit in a secular light. The unhappy consciousness is the inward search for some stable, eternal existence, a search typically understood in light of the religious person’s search for God. Whereas Hegel’s presentation of this experience is wrapped up in religious language, I will argue that the significance of his argument is more universal, and I will interpret the unhappy consciousness in a secular fashion. The thesis proceeds exegetically. First, I introduce the unhappy consciousness by discussing the experiences of stoicism and scepticism, highlighting how the unhappy consciousness is a deeper experience implicit in both of these. Then, I trace the unhappy consciousness itself through the development of its first and second forms. And third, I discuss the third form of the unhappy consciousness, suggesting that the human condition, defined as the unending, discontented search for eternity, is fundamentally tragicomic.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/12182
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectHegelen_US
dc.subjectUnhappy Consciousnessen_US
dc.titleThe Unhappy Consciousness in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Secular Readingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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