Confronting Natural Death in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit

2010 PhaenEx: Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture  
The following essay considers Life in Hegel's Phenomenology, and hence Life as it appears if viewed not through the perspective of the well-being of any singular living thing, but in terms of Life as an emergent pattern that incorporates and connects all living things within it. Such a view on living things enables us to evaluate vis-à-vis the emergent image of Life the relative significance of any singular living thing's passing. Yet while the framework provided by Hegel's account of Life and
more » ... ccount of Life and living things is powerful and importantly correct, it renders insignificant living things in their unique living and dying. Hegel's account thus discloses living things in a significant way, but in a way that complicates, appropriately, how easily we can imagine thinking about them, and ourselves, as uniquely ethically commanding beings.
doi:10.22329/p.v5i1.2857 fatcat:kr3qnz62pnbk5pyfta7f3nk2ee