John Dewey's Philosophy of Spirit, with the 1897 Lecture on Hegel

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HEGEL’S PHILOSOPHY OF SPIRIT
1897, University of Chicago

John Dewey

Hegel was a Württemberger, born in Stuttgart in 1770; and if we 1 believe others, the Suabians have certain peculiarities which are not without meaning in relation to Hegel himself. Speaking a somewhat peculiar dialect, they are also marked off as Protestants in Catholic South Germany. They seem to unite a Scotch and Yankee hardheadedness and industry, a devotion to detail, an eye to the main chance in business, a contempt of all idealism that does not succeed, with a certain mysticism of nature. A similar union has been witnessed in our own country in Emerson and others of New England Transcendentalists. Hegel was born of a family of hand craftsmen and minor officials in the Civil Service. His father was in the Fiscal Service and seems to have been more noted for fidelity to his work than for any unusual intellectual ability. Hegel always speaks of his mother with great regard, but she died when he was a youth and not much is known of her.

Nothing striking seems to have marked Hegel’s boyhood. He 2 began to keep a diary at about the period when young people usually

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