Anton Ivanenko. Article Hegel’s “Faith and knowledge” between philosophy of identity and the “Phenomenology of spirit”. Vol. 1. No. 1. 2016

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Article Hegel’s “Faith and knowledge” between philosophy of identity and the “Phenomenology of spirit”
Title in the language of publication: Работа Г. В. Ф. Гегеля «Вера и знание» между философией тождества и «Феноменологией духа»
Anton Ivanenko
PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Institute of Philosophy of the Saint Petersburg State University.
Address: 7/9 Universitetskaya emb., St. Petersburg 199034, Russia.
P. 87–97.
Language: Russian
Document type: Research Article


The article is written as an introduction to the first Russian translation of the first two parts of “Faith and knowledge or the Reflective Philosophy of Subjectivity in the complete range of its forms as Kantian, Jacobian, and Fichtean Philosophy” (“Glauben und Wissen oder die Reflexionsphilosophie der Subjektivität in der Vollständigkeit ihrer Formen als Kantische, Jacobische und Fichtesche Philosophie”) by G. W. F. Hegel (1802). It was published as one of the issues of the Critical Journal of Philosophy (Kritisches Journal der Philosophie). The pre-history and history of the publication of this journal by Schelling and Hegel is described. Primarily on the two sources, this work by Hegel and his letter to W. F. Hufnagel from December 30, 1801, the program of the journal is analysed. The program consisted in critics of other contemporaneous philosophical projects in order to pave the way for such philosophy that would be corresponding to the very “idea” of philosophy. The publications in the journal were anonymous and often written by Hegel and Schelling together. Therefore, the present article considers the problems of authorship. It is demonstrated that the witnesses of both Hegel and Schelling prove that the article “Faith and Reason” is penned by Hegel. Then, the article deals with methodological and logical problems in Schelling’s philosophy identity, namely, his idea that the object of philosophy to be reached is such point, where the being could be thought as the absolute identity of the mind, i. e. the process of self-definition of the mind within that what is not identical to it and, therefore, not existing in reality. Schelling excluded the reason and reflexive indirect thinking from the mind, and so, left without resolution the problem of self-definition of the identity remaining identical. Therefore, his recourse to the “intellectual contemplation” as the condition of thinking on the being from the high of the absolute identity — which would guarantee the unity of the direct and the indirect in knowledge — is not supported with a concrete analysis of the activity of the mind as knowing itself in the products of its own activity. It is demonstrated that the critical study by Hegel of the philosophical doctrines of Kant, Jacobi, and Fichte served to him to resolving the above problems. Moreover, in the article are provided references to the main points of Hegel’s evaluation of Kant’s transcendental philosophy, as well as a discussion of the language of “Faith and Reason”, which not always follows grammatical and literature norms and requires some special efforts by the translator into Russian.


Hegel, German idealism, philosophical criticism, identity, philosophy of identity, transcendentalism, critical philosophy, mind.


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