Sein und Geist: Heidegger's Confrontation with Hegel's Phenomenology


  • Robert Sixto Sinnerbrink Philosophy, Macquarie University


Hegel, Heidegger, Metaphysics, Modernity, Intersubjectivity, Recognition


This paper pursues the lsquo;thinking dialoguersquo; between Hegel and Heidegger, a dialogue centred on Heideggerrsquo;s lsquo;confrontationrsquo; with Hegelrsquo;s Phenomenology of Spirit. To this end, I examine Heideggerrsquo;s critique of Hegel on the relationship between time and Spirit; Heideggerrsquo;s interpretation of the Phenomenology as exemplifying the Cartesian-Fichtean metaphysics of the subject; and Heideggerrsquo;s later reflections on Hegel as articulating the modern metaphysics of lsquo;subjectityrsquo;. I argue that Heideggerrsquo;s confrontation forgets those aspects of Hegelrsquo;s philosophy that make him our philosophical contemporary: Hegelrsquo;s thinking of intersubjectivity and recognition, of the historicity of the experience of spirit, and his critique of modernity. The point of this dialogue is to begin a retrieval of Hegel from Heideggerrsquo;s critical deconstruction, and thus to suggest that the future of Hegelmdash;in Catherine Malaboursquo;s phrasemdash;remains something still to-come

Author Biography

Robert Sixto Sinnerbrink, Philosophy, Macquarie University

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy,Macquarie University




How to Cite

Sinnerbrink, R. S. (2007). Sein und Geist: Heidegger’s Confrontation with Hegel’s Phenomenology. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 3(2-3), 132–152. Retrieved from