Hegel's Idea of Philosophy with a New Translation of Hegel's Introduction to the History of Philosophy

By Quentin Lauer; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel | Go to book overview

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The Hegelian System

THE Introduction TO THE Lectures on the History of Philosophy is particularly significant, as we have already noted in our Preface, because of the place which it holds in the overall "system" which Hegel's philosophy purports to be. What that place is can be clarified in an attempt to sketch the system as a whole, which is at once Hegel's philosophy and his reply to those who would discredit the whole metaphysical endeavor.

In an attempt to overcome the abstract speculations of both traditional Scholasticism and continental rationalism, the British empiricists in general, and Hume in particular, insisted on the primacy of the immediate presence of reality in sensation. In this context, then, thinking -- as opposed to sensation -- is a movement away from reality; thought is a progressive abstraction from the full, rich content immediately given in sensation. The empiricists would, of course, have been contradicting a constant in human experience did they not see a definite usefulness in this process -- if nothing else, it simplified reality to the point of making it more manipulable. Still, they felt that in thought there was

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • 1 - The Hegelian System 1
  • 2 - The Text of Hegel's Introduction 15
  • 3 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Introduction to the History of Philosophy 67
  • Appendix 143
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