chapter  II
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Towards the System of Philosophy (1800-1802)

As we have seen, Hegel took the view that philosophy arises from the all-embracing contradictions into which human existence has been plunged. These have shaped the history of philosophy as the history of basic contradictions, those between 'mind and matter, soul and body, belief and understanding, freedom and necessity,' contradictions that had more recently appeared as those between 'reason and sense' (Sinnlichkeit), 'intelligence and nature,' and, in the most general form, 'subjectivity and objectivity.' 1 These were the very concepts that lay at the root of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and the ones Hegel now dissolved in his dialectical analysis.