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Reflection: Reflection is the process of thinking critically about one's own beliefs, values, and experiences. See also Experience, Thinking, Values, Beliefs.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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G.W.F. Hegel on Reflection - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 348
Reflection/Hegel/Gadamer: [We illustrate Hegel's philosophy of reflection with his] well-known polemic(1) against Kant's "thing in itself".
Kant: Kant's critical definition of the limits of reason had limited the application of categories to the objects of possible experience and had declared the thing in itself that underlies the phenomena to be unrecognizable in principle.
HegelVsKant: Hegel's dialectical argumentation objects that reason, by drawing this line and distinguishing the appearance from the thing in itself, proves this difference to be its own in truth. In this way, it does not reach a limit of itself, but is rather completely with itself by setting this limit. For that means that it has already crossed it.
>Thing in itself
, >I. Kant.
Border/Hegel: What makes a border a border always includes at the same time that which is limited by the border. It is the dialectic of the border to be only by abolishing itself.
Thing in itself/Hegel: So is the viewpoint that characterizes the thing in itself in contrast to its appearance, only for us in itself. What can be shown in the dialectic of the boundary in logical generality
Gadamer I 349
is specified for the consciousness in the experience that the view distinguished from it is the other of itself and that it is only known in its truth when it is known as self, i.e. when it knows itself in the completed absolute self-consciousness.
>Hegel/Gadamer, >Recognition/Hegel.
Gadamer: The polemic against the absolute thinker is itself without position. The Archimedean point of unhinging Hegelian philosophy can never be found in reflection. This is what makes the formal quality of the philosophy of reflection that there can be no position that is not included in the reflective movement of the consciousness coming to itself. The insistence on immediacy - be it that of bodily nature, be it that of the "you" making demands, be it that of the impenetrable reality of historical coincidence or that of the reality of the conditions of production - has always disproved itself, insofar as it is itself not an immediate behaviour but a reflective action.
Gadamer I 351
Plato's mythical refutation of the dialectical sophism, plausible as it may seem, [is] not satisfactory for modern thinking.
HegelVsPlato: Hegel knows no mythical foundation of philosophy. Rather, myth belongs to his pedagogy. In the end, it is reason that establishes itself. By working through the dialectic of reflection as the total self-mediation of reason, Hegel is fundamentally superior to the argumentative formalism that we called sophistic with Plato. His dialectic is, therefore, no less polemical than Plato's Socrates against the empty argumentation of understanding, which he calls "external reflection".
>Dialectic/Hegel, >Understanding.

1. Hegel, Enzyklopadie der Philosophischen Wissenschaften, § 60

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977

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