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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060319.

The Infinity of Freedom——On Education of the Individual in Hegel’s Absolute Spirit


Siyuan Wang

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Siyuan Wang

Department of Philosophy Teaching and Research, Daqing Administration Institute, Daqing, 163000, China


Individual Education (Bildung) is an important theme in Hegel’s philosophy of spirit, symbolising the different levels and stages of individual freedom reached in the spiritual system. Individual education is embodied in the subjective spirit as the living individual of the natural soul, in the objective spirit as the political citizen and in the absolute spirit as the nation-state.In these sessions, the individual acquires the possibility of freedom in the subjective spirit, then the prescriptive nature of freedom in the objective spirit,and finally the infinite nature of freedom in the absolute spirit of education. In theoretical education, the theoretical spirit of the finite is reshaped and the theoretical spirit of the subjective without absolute essence is elevated to the spirit of subject-object unity as pure form. In practical education, the finite spirit of the individual needs to be raised to the universal spirit of the infinite, thus raising the finite free will of the individual to the absolutely infinite free spirit of the oneness of man and God. In this regard, individual education requires access to three different levels of perception experiencing artistic representations, religious beliefs and philosophical concepts, in other words, the individual as a subject of the absolute spirit shapes in himself the different manifestations of his spiritual freedom fixed in himself.


Hegel; absolute spirit; education; freedom; infinity

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Siyuan Wang. The Infinity of Freedom——On Education of the Individual in Hegel’s Absolute Spirit. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 118-123. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060319.


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