The Implications of “Here”

“‘Here’ itself does not vanish; on the contrary, it abides constant in the vanishing of the house, the tree, etc., and is indifferently house or tree. Again, therefore, the ‘This’ shows itself to be a mediated simplicity, or a universality” (61).

I think that Hegel’s theory concerning “Here” is absolutely fascinating for its implications with regards to “universality” and “consciousness.” Hegel claims that “Here” is a term used to describe the placement or position in which a certain object resides. The word is constant. Just because its fixation changes, such as shifting from defining the placement of a dog to the placement of a cat, does not mean that “Here” “vanishes,” or takes on another meaning. It merely shifts focus from one object to another.

The theory of “Here” is imperative in the explanation of Hegel’s belief in universality, or the essence of a thing. Although “Here” can be used to describe many different objects, its meaning does not change based off of its fixation. With whatever object it references, “Here” refers to the placement of position of a thing not the thing in which is describes. Therefore, “Here” in itself never disappears or changes in meaning; rather, its focus shifts depending on the way in which it is being used to define the placement of an object. Its essence is never transformed.

The theories of “Here” and “universality” all tie into Hegel’s overarching theme of consciousness or cognitive awareness. As humans, we are constantly using our senses to gain knowledge and data from our environment. In order to quantify and then analyze such information, we need markers such as “This” and “Here.” These terms allow us to determine the meaning of and interpret the details our senses recognize. Such techniques provide us with the ability to ascertain the essence of the things we run into during our travels so that we may be cognitively aware of the environment surrounding and our placement in such an environment. Therefore, “Here” serves not only as a way in which to define the position of objects near and around us but also as a facilitator of the discovery of our own placement in the world.

2 responses to “The Implications of “Here”

  1. I think you make an interesting point about how “here” helps establish our “own placement in the world.” However, I’m not sure I fully understand your reasoning as to why “markers such as ‘this’ and ‘here'” “allow us to determine the meaning of and interpret the details our senses recognize.” I think that the discussion of “this” and “here” certainly facilitates a better understanding of us relative to our surroundings, but I am not quite sure how the words themselves help “determine the meaning of an interpret the details our senses recognize.” They seem to just be fleeting terms to describe a specific point in time or a specific location. I am also slightly confused by what you mean when you say “such techniques.” What are the techniques that you are referring to? Are you referring to the discussion of, or the the use of “this” and here”?

  2. I’m glad that you were able to write about this because I had some trouble reading the subject and seems that you were able to understand it very well. While I was reading though, this concept of “here” and “this” was constantly mentioned by Hagel, and it’s interesting because we don’t really see “here” as a position by itself, a constant. We always see it as the object’s placement. However, this is also quite contradictory, because Harry also mentioned how things are a pair. If the “here” and “this” is a constant, but it also depends on the existence of the other in a pair, doesn’t this mean that the constant is depending on something else, therefore making it a variable?

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