The Embodiment of the individual self: a conceptualization of body in hegel’s phenomenology of spirit

Önder, Sevi Emek
The primary purpose of this thesis is to investigate and conceptualize the notion of “body” in the context of certain sections of the Phenomenology of Spirit. While investigating the notion of “body” in the thesis, my intention is to see the possibility of reading the Phenomenology as “the science of the embodiment of consciousness”. By relying on this approach, I will try to thematize and give a comprehensive account of the “body” in the “Consciousness” and “Self-Consciousness” sections of the Phenomenology. I will address the question of individual embodiment of consciousness as to reveal how the bodily existence of consciousness is implicitly carried out in these sections. I will problematize the body in an attempt to show its implications from a Hegelian perspective. In this regard, here, the notion of body will be made explicit by introducing a detailed interpretation and implications of the movement of consciousness. At the same time, it is also shown that the movement of consciousness cannot be separated from the bodily existence of consciousness.


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S. E. Önder, “The Embodiment of the individual self: a conceptualization of body in hegel’s phenomenology of spirit,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.