|Hegel's Thoughts on Knowledge
Hegel proves a very interesting view
of knowledge. He thinks that that knowledge is used, "either as the instrument to get
hold of the Absolute, or as the medium through which one discovers it."
Hegel talks about absolute
knowledge, that represents the journeys end. In order to achieve this Absolute knowledge,
"Spirit attains to a knowledge of itself not only as it is in itself or as possessing
an absolute content, nor only as it is for itself as a form devoid of content, or as the
aspect of self-consciousness, but as it is both in essence and in actually, or in and for
itself." Hegel believes that the human spirit is related to the Absolute Spirit in
the beginning, but only achieves knowledge of it in the end.
He criticizes the Kantian notion
that knowledge is an "instrument" that should be examined before used, "But
the examination of knowledge can only be carried out by an act of knowledge. To examine
this so-called instrument is the same thing as to know it. But to seek to know before we
know is as absurd as the wise resolution of Scholasticus, not to venture into the water
until he had learned to swim."