The “Self”-concept

Rather than focusing on the differences between the limited and the limitless Self, Hegel simplifies the relationship between the Spiritual and the Physical, the Universal and the Particular, The Eternal and the Temporal.  Plato’s concept of Good and Bad and Kant’s idea of Duty to over come the desires of the flesh, are quelled and brought into a clearer light.

Plato Dualism: (Good)  

The Soul’s ability to overcome Bodily appetites

Kant Dualism: (Duty)   

The Minds ability to question felt inclinations or appetites.

Hegel Freedom (Ought):  

The Finite going to the InFinite.  (Particular/Universal, Physical/Spiritual)

To achieve Reality, the limited must transcend to the Limitless.


When a thing determines itSelf, rather than depending on its relations to other things for its Essential Character, it is more fully Real!

Limited things do not determine themSelves, because limited things determine their essential character by their boundaries against other limited things.

To become Real (True Self), the limited must Transcend themSelf.


The limited Self and the limitless Self, are not two independent Realities, but the Limitless Self is the Self, and Transcending the former Limited Self.  

Willful Striving is the Ego’s trick at limiting our Full Expression, in order to keep us breathing but not fully living!

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