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

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3 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich HEGEL
Introduction to the History of Philosophy

THE MATTER UNDER CONSIDERATION HERE IS HISTORY. History's form is the presentation of a succession of events and deeds. But what are the deeds proper to the history of philosophy? They are the activities of free thought; this means the way the intellectual world has come into being, been produced, developed. What we are to consider, then, is the history of thought.

There is an age-old assumption that thinking distinguishes man from the beast. This we shall accept. What makes man nobler than the beast is what he possesses through thought. Whatever is human is so only to the extent that therein thought is active; no matter what its outward appearance may be, if it is human, thought makes it so. In this alone is man distinguished from the beast.

Still, insofar as thought is in this way the essential, the substantial, the active in man, it has to do with an infinite manifold and variety of objects. Thought will be at its best, however, when it is occupied only with what is best in man, with thought itself, where it wants only itself, has to do with itself alone. For, to be occupied with itself is to dis-

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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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