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Title: Hegel en The Nature of the Self
Subtitle: In discussie met Paul Cobben
Author(s): KRIJNEN, Christian , VAN HOUDT, John , CRUYSBERGS, Paul , COBBEN, Paul
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 74 Issue: 4 Date: 2012
This article contains a report of a discussion, reworked for publication, on Paul Cobben’s book The Nature of the Self. Recognition in the Form of Right and Morality (2009).
Van Houdt presents the general argument of Paul Cobben’s book, focusing on the notion of the ‘pure self’. The pure self is argued to be the central figure of the Phenomenology of Spirit construed as an adequate conception of mind-body unity. On this basis, Cobben proposes to ‘rewrite’ the Philosophy of Right with the pure self in mind. It is argued that in the end we can read Cobben’s suggestion to rewrite the Philosophy of Right as also an attempt to rewrite the Phenomenology in terms of the tacit metaphysics of the pure self.
Cruysberghs asks questions about Cobben’s project of reading Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit in terms of a mind-body relationship. He also suggests that Cobben should not focus that much on the master-knight relationship but rather on the notion that results from it, being that of general mutual recognition. In Cruysberghs’ reading of Hegel’s social and political philosophy the Encyclopedia opens up more interesting perspectives than Cobben, who considers the Phenomenology to be the better source of thought, might be ready to acknowledge.
Regarding Cobben’s approach, Krijnen discusses the systematic place of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit in the whole of Hegel’s thought, Hegel’s concept of philosophy as science of the absolute idea, and the Philosophy of Right as part of the ripe system of philosophy.
Paul Cobben reacts on central themes discussed by Krijnen (the relation between Hegel’s Logik and his system of philosophy in general), Cruysberghs (lord-bondsman relationship as a model to characterize the mind-body relationship) and Van Houdt (the metaphysical status of the pure self).