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Molly Shifrin PHL 241 3/19/2009 Midterm Question 2 Hegel immediately rejects nature in his discussion of beauty because he considers it to be of less matter than spiritual concepts such as art, religion, and philosophy . A lot of his theories are based in this hierarchical view of philosophy . Activities involving thinking about concepts are automatically higher on the ladder than those not requiring thought or contemplation . Take for example, any mundane task. Hegel says that it is better to observe than to do because it is easier to contemplate the task at hand when one doesn’t actually have to focus on the task . His complete hierarchy, with nature at the bottom, moves up to art, which is so low for it’s being the most imagistic, then religion, and finally philosophy . Of course, philosophy is on top of this totem pole, being purely conceptual and universal . Hegel’s theories of art certainly leave room for consideration of conceptual art .
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Unformatted text preview: Hegel himself repeatedly encourages humans to strive for self-actualization from reflection . His hatred of imagistic art, however, keeps him from including any form of art in this reflection . However, conceptual art encourages just that; reflection and ideally self-actualization . It is understandable that Hegel would reject imagistic art for it’s images, but conceptual art negates images and encourages the pursuit of one’s own interpretation and definition of art . Conceptual art makes one turn inwards, which Hegel encourages greatly . He also encourages doubling ourselves, which conceptual and conventional art can help us do . This is the facet of art that Hegel can support, no matter its form . Art comes from one’s spirit as well, helping to both double the person and encourage self-conception . These are all concepts that Hegel wrote about and encouraged in human nature, and are therefore easily applicable to art ....
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