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 Text of Hegel's Introduction

IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS from even the very cursory account which we have been able to give of Hegel's system that his philosophy, no matter what its ramifications, is essentially a philosophy of man throughout (even "Spirit" is accessible to thought only to the extent that it manifests itself in the spirit of man). Thus, although the object of human thinking is not exclusively man -- there is a world of reality to be thought -- still, all that can be known objectively is significant to the extent that it ultimately is revelatory of man, of what is most characteristically human in man. What takes place in thought, then, is man's own gradual self-possession or a movement toward the freedom of self-determination. Self-determination, however, is meaningless if it is not rational, since short of reason it is no more than the negative rejection of other-determination or the relinquishing of determination to chance. Only if man determines himself rationally does he determine himself precisely as man. To become free, then, is to become rational, and the process is philosophy.

It has always been admitted, says Hegel (nor, he is

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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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