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

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dc.contributor.advisor Russon, John
dc.contributor.author Farivar, Sahand
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-12T21:07:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-12T21:07:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2018-01
dc.date.created 2018-01-10
dc.date.issued 2018-01-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/12182
dc.description.abstract In 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.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject Hegel en_US
dc.subject Unhappy Consciousness en_US
dc.title The Unhappy Consciousness in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Secular Reading en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US
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