Hegel, Absolute Knowing and Epiphany

Roupa, Vicky (2024). Hegel, Absolute Knowing and Epiphany. International Journal of Philosophical Studies (early access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2024.2344478

Abstract

In this paper I raise three questions regarding the status and function of Absolute Knowing in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. First, can Hegel’s Absolute Knowing be understood as an epiphany? Secondly, how does epiphany make sense of the teleological elements that activate and mobilise the movement towards Absolute Knowing? And thirdly, how does such an interpretation shift the focus from a closed reading of Hegel’s text – that views Absolute Knowing as consummately realised – to an open reading that keeps the Absolute within its purview, but also seeks to foreground its aporias? I pursue these questions through an examination of the key constituents of knowledge: the subject of knowledge, its object, and the process through which knowledge is attained.

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