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Reason is a stage of mind, according to Hegel. It is a developmental phase in which self-consciousness is aware of itself in relation to objects and in relation to universals. It can comprehend universals as belonging to forms such as self-consciousness as well as to those universals found as externally existing forms of objects. Hegel does not directly refer to entities in their function as "objects of perception" (not to be confused with the "thinghood" of inanimate objects. Every entity exists for another as an object of perception. Hegel focuses on this stage of the evolution of consciousness during this chapter. As with the earlier parts he carries on making thorough work of a subject matter which is inclusively pervasive and as such gigantic.

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