Sense Certainty : Hegel 's Theory Of The World Is Not A Wholly Passive Process Essay
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Sense-certainty is Hegel 's approach to proving that gaining knowledge of the world is not a wholly passive process. Hegel does this through a dialectic from, meaning that the argument moves as a conversation, with Hegel presenting an answer to a question, in this case how one can know about the world through the senses, and then works to show how the answer is wrong in itself because it holds inconsistencies. This essay will be read in two parts, first, I shall discuss how sense-certainty fails, and then will approach the question of what that means for epistemology. Finally leading to the conclusion to show that the impact of sense-certainties failure is minimal to epistemology, as Hegel is building up to present Spirit as the medium through which we gain knowledge.
However, to properly answer this question, one must first explain what Hegel is trying to do in introducing sense-certainty into the discussion of epistemology. Hegel 's aim within the Phenomenology of Spirit is to show that the Kantian conclusion that subjects cannot interact directly with the world, is not a successful end to epistemological questions, as scepticism of this sort is alienating. The historical perception of the mind as a tool leads to a representative view of reality which leads to distortion. Due to this, he aims to explain how humans can interact with the world successfully without any barriers which had been previously enforced by the Kantian conclusion. Hegel believes that philosophy is