What is ‘reason’?

What the Man of Reason (linguistic, conceptual, propositional and academic) refuses to acknowledge

…it is also inadequate to…(say) vaguely that it is only in the waking state that man thinks. For thought in general is so much inherent in the nature of man that he is always thinking, even in sleep. In every form of mind, in feeling, intuition, as in picture-thinking, thought remains the basis.

G.W.F.Hegel, Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind, Part Three of the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences (1830), Trans., William Wallace, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1971, 69


4 thoughts on “What is ‘reason’?

    • Thanks very much Tach. If only Hegel could be wrested from the hands of those (i.e. academic philosophers) who use him (as Hegel wanted) to maintain the crippled and crippling cultural and ideological lie that we in the West are the bearers of ‘Reason’ – which is to be understood only as linguistic, conceptual and propositional. Hegel’s philosophy is the highest development of Western mysticism (Magee argues that he was an Hermeticist [Glenn Alexander Magee, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2001]) – building on the intricacy of Proclus but still retaining the depth and poetry of Plotinus. Another great thinker, Marx, rightly stood that immensely powerful philosophy on its feet. My view is that by developing critically and honestly on this – together with science – is the way forward. What do you think? Phil


      • Phil, I’ve taken time to answer you, as I feel your questioning reaches deep within to what we may be truly about. It is difficult to be honest, as our authenticity I think lies beyond cognition. The great philosophers refer to what is beyond thinking. We may understand the nature of things, that it is beyond “reason”, and step into the mystical in “intricate” and deep creative ways. The basis of our various cultures, indeed of our being human, are there.
        I hope you understand. The rest of my reply is in the post “Serious questioning” http://realityhc.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/serious-questioning/.
        I hope you can sense a way beyond my passion. Tach

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      • Hello Tach, thank you for your kind words and for your thoughtful response. As someone who believes in a passionate commitment to developing one’s creativity in which ever way one wishes to explore, I clearly recognise that commitment in you too – in your writing and in your art – and look forward to following how you develop both. Best wishes, Phil


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