Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2007

Ioan Alexandru Tofan
Pages 59-80

Early Theological Works Towards an Archeology of Certain Late Hegelian Motifs

This article discusses the response which Hegel gives in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy to a problem which is first posed in his early writings. The problem is that of the possibility to comprehend the Absolute, the Infinity („Life” is the term Hegel uses in his Early Writings) using the reflexion as instrument. The later response is to see the concept (Begriff) in his speculative sense (in fact the form of absolute reflexion) as a spiritual, historical entity and so, as tradition of representation (Vorstellung). The tradition of a thought is what marks the passage from dominative, intelectual thinking to integrative, reasonable thinking.