Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Phänomenologie des Geistes [The Phenomenology of Spirit (Mind)]

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Introductory Remarks: The Spirit of the Times

G.W.F. Hegel’s most important work is Phänomenologie des Geistes [Phenomenology of Spirit], published in 1807. The current title only became the definitive title after it was used in posthumous editions of Hegel’s works, starting in 1832. Hegel’s actual title was System of Science: Part One, the Phenomenology of Spirit. Geist (“spirit” or “mind”) is the central concept of the book; in fact, the whole work may be conceived as an attempt to scientifically ascertain the nature of Geist. In his justifiably famous Preface to the Phenomenology, Hegel wrote “the way to Science is itself already Science, and hence, in virtue o…

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Wood, Kelsey. "Phänomenologie des Geistes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2014
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