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By Michael N. Forster

Forster starts off via discussing Hegel's serious interpretation of the skeptical culture, specifically his convincingly argued case for the prevalence of historical over smooth skepticism. He is going directly to convey that the problems attribute of historic skepticism play an important and interesting position in Hegel's philosophy of heritage.

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The Task of Becoming Oneself Self-becoming takes place within a continual mode of expansion and contraction. For instance, in terms of finitude and infinitude, Kierkegaard writes that 'The development must accordingly consist in infinitely coming away from The Struggle of Self-Becoming 33 oneself, in an infinitizing of the self, and in infinitely coming back to oneself in the finitization'. The human self is always more than it is at any given moment, but it is this 'more' in such a way that it never loses contact with what it immediately is.

41 It is not easy to admit that one does not have the power of self to face the difficulties and tensions of becoming oneself, or that one is more interested in being comfortable than in actualizing one's ideals. If the courage to face this knowledge about oneself is not present, then the imagination can be used to hide this reality. If these evasions start to fall apart, and consciousness of despair begins to arise, the self has still another way to deceive itself in its infinite willing: one may see the action of the will as something that follows — as a matter of course — upon the consideration of how to proceed in one's resolution.

Thus, in both Kant and Schelling, freedom is conceived as the capacity to act according to the laws of one's own inner being. The question, then, concerns the inner necessity of human Being. According to Schelling, this inner necessity is freedom itself. This is where the problem of freedom arises for Schelling: how can freedom be the capacity to act according to the inner necessity of one's own nature, and at the same time be this inner necessity? ' The paradox consists in this: man posits himself, and yet he is nothing other than this self-positing.

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