Cachat 2Thesis and the process continues through out all of history,
In myapplication of the process each of these designations (Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis)are thoughts, ideas, or concepts. Anything that can be-as manifested within humanconsciousness.From the onset, it is worthwhile to address a minor fundamental flaw of Hegel’sReason in History, which is the fact that it is teleologic. He suggests that because reasondrives history, there is an ultimate end point. That end point, which Hegel designates asthe Idea, is the Reason of a divinity, God. Teleological arguments are not supported inscience, especially when discussing the evolution of a species, biologically or socially. Ibelieve, however, that this ultimate conclusion can be removed from Hegel’s conceptionof history, without destroying the foundations of his argument, or rather myinterpretation of it. I am using Hegel’s conception of history as a method to understandthe evolution of both consciousness and culture, which in reality is an imprudentdistinction of a western thought-process. Culture is a product of collective cognition, justas consciousness is a product of culture. Hegel’s application of the
solves thisambiguity. This German word has a rich and sometimes controversial history, because ithas poor representation in English. It could be translated as mind, spirit or ghost. On thecontrary, the utility in this word is that it embraces all of these meanings.World history, according to Hegel “is the exhibition of [
] striving to attainknowledge of its own nature.”
In other words, it is the progressive story of consciousness gaining more information about its essential nature, and in doing sogaining freedom. As conscious individuals gain more knowledge of their own nature, the
Hegel, G.W.F. Reason in History. (Trans. Robert S. Hartman. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1997.),xii
Hegel, 23. I put in Geist because the English translator, R. Hartman, choose the English word ‘Spirit’, and I would like to conserve all true meanings of the word.