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How does a conscious entity become aware of itself and its place in the world? According to German Idealist Philosopher G.F.W. Hegel, there are required conditions that facilitate this movement of awareness. Recognition serves as a central requirement, for a consciousness cannot progress in an isolated space. Coexistence allows for referential points, and is often necessary for the actualization of concepts by providing social interactions wherein recognition both of and by others can occur.

This paper illustrates the progression of two such concepts, discourse and musical composition as forms of freedom “in-itself”. They are both imperfect for the promotion of self consciousness in their initial presentations, and their actualization is dependent on Hegel’s dialectic process of transcending negation in their social contexts.

For this discussion I researched further explanations on the requirements for self consciousness within Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, which expand upon sociality to also incorporate corporeality and practicality. I also researched additional expansions upon the notion of freedom which support an inherent responsibility of criticism and parameters for its manifestation.

I analyze the development of these two variations of “in-itself” freedom notions into refined “for-another'' concepts. This provides for awareness of self in the consciousness in which they are engaged. I explain that this is made possible only through the concretization of the initially imperfect presentations of these speech and aesthetic freedoms, by negating their boundlessness through the exclusion of fascism and the incorporation of orchestral format, respectively. I address their shared thread of the sociality component through recognition, uniting these freedoms from which the additional components of practicality and corporeality can be observed.

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