Limits of Philosophy and Art in Hegel

Hegel’s repeated death of art, including the repeated death of tragedy, is a necessary aspect of his philosophy, since the idea of conflicting values and of the good person at odds with the order of the world, is something that Hegel wants to overcome, as he overcomes the unhappy consciousness and the beautiful soul in the Phenomenology and as he overcomes the evil of subjective morality in the Philosophy of Right.  If the highest form of philosophy leaves representation behind then the representations of art cannot harmonise with philosophy at its highest.  Hegel also rejects the sublime as a basic category of aesthetics because of its subjectivity, as he sees it.  The art and literature which follows Hegel is full of the conflicts between individual and world, along with the sublime experience of pure individuality and the attempt to represent the unrepresentable.  The philosophy which follows Hegel is conditioned by the impossibility of the absolute knowing discussed in the Phenomenology, or the pure being discussed in the Science of Logic.


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