Learning Paradox

Hegel held that whatever we learn is part of an infinite wealth of knowledge, thoughts, etc. contained in a completely indivisible ego. If we do not remember what is learned we do not possess it and yet it is none the less within us. It is preserved in us in spite of the fact that it does not exist. This doctrine concerning learning might well be called a paradox.

Other candidates for paradox concerning learning might be found in Plato arising from arguments tending to show that certain things are unlearnable because they must be known before any process of learning could be undertaken.


G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophie des Subjectiven Geites, tr. M. J. Petry as Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit, ii (Dordrecht, 1978), sect. 403.

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