Where does self-understanding come from?


From Mad in Finland: Self-understanding as a term sounds very individual. How I myself see and experience myself and my actions. If self-understanding increases, it also feels like self-realization. However, is self-understanding our own choice or is it influenced by other people and society? I set out to examine the question of self-understanding with the help of Hegel’s philosophy. GWF Hegel (1770-1831) is one of the most influential thinkers in philosophy. The self-understanding of Hegel’s philosophy starts from human interaction. And according to his understanding, self-understanding develops in interaction with other people and society. In interaction with other people, we form our perception of ourselves, others and society. Thus, the social world of thought also shapes our self-understanding, and we shape the self-understanding of those with whom we come into contact.

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