Mirror for the Other: Problem of the Self in Continental Philosophy (from Hegel to Lacan)
This essay intends to explore the genesis of one of the key concepts in continental philosophy of personalism – the concept of the “Other”. It attempts to use some most influential philosophical and psychological contexts to demonstrate how the Self is linked to the Other logically, notionally and conceptually. The present analysis employs two principle approaches to the problem – philosophical and psychological. From the stand point of the former, the key figure of the hereunder discourse is Hegel and his theory, while the later will be represented predominantly by Lacanian ideas. The present article will also discuss major influences of Hegel’s philosophical ideas on the Lacan’s theory.