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PHIL 367 - Lecture (Mar. 14th)

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McGill University
PHIL 367
Susan Judith Hoffmann

thMar 14For Hegel language if it is simply private opinion then it is random idiosyncratic not really evolved Language fully comes into its own is language when it is universal and public when it articulates universal concepts when it reveals reality in an objective manner Kierkegaard is critical of this and Nietzsche as well Kierkegaard does not suggest that Abraham disregard the universal completely Abraham was in the universal not a moral nihilist Abrahamthe absolute who stands in absolute relation with the absolute This is an absolute relation because it is not a mediated relation it is immediate This means that he stands before his God in a way that is not mediated by the universal This relation is not one that can be grasped conceptually grasped by say ethics His divine commands is not one that can be grasped conceptually either In his view the absolute relation established transcends even beyond divine command ethicsThis is an attempt to contrast Hegels account which sees the human relation as mediated with God For Hegel everything is ultimately mediated Nothing is immediate except the beginning of phenomenology but even that is an opposition Ever
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