The Absolute Knowledge of Twitter

By ‘absolute knowledge’ Hegel does not mean knowledge of everything. Absolute knowledge is knowledge of the world as it really is, in contrast to knowledge of mere appearances. To gain absolute knowledge we do not have to know all the facts it is possible to know. It is the job of the scientists to learn more and more about the universe. Hegel’s aim was the philosophical goal of showing how real knowledge is possible, not the scientist’s aim of increasing the knowledge we have.

Singer, P. (2001). The Odessey of Mind. Hegel: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (New ed., p. 91). New York: Oxford University Press, USA.

The first thing that struck me was Twitter, when I read this paragraph. Did you feel the same?


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