Hegel and Kierkegaard on the relation between truth, selfhood and authorship

Durmuş, Sevde
The primary purpose of this study is to read Hegel and Kierkegaard together by focusing on the relation of the themes of truth, selfhood and authorship. Starting with the exposition of Kierkegaard’s idea of “truth as subjectivity,” I will show how his understanding of truth is revealed throughout the journey of becoming a true self. Later, I will inquire Hegel’s understanding of truth by addressing a Kierkegaardian question regarding the place of selfhood in the search of truth. This question will direct me to a detailed reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit where consciousness’ journey to the way of truth is presented. In order to show that these two philosophers have different philosophical standpoints, although they have similar focuses, I will explain their interpretations of the “Fall from Eden.” This will clarify their ideas on the subject of philosophy and the becoming of the self as either “necessity” or “possibility.” Finally, I will discuss the meaning of such stories as a way of communication about truth in their philosophies. Then, I will argue their authorship as well as their way of communication with the reader. I will state that both philosophers invite their reader to be included in the journey of becoming a true self. In this sense, the reader can also become a part of the philosophical dialogue in which the reader can act for the realization of its true selfhood by contemplating on its own way of existing.