A Hegel Dictionary by Michael Inwood

By Michael Inwood

This publication offers a complete survey of Hegel's philosophical concept through a scientific exploration of over a hundred key words, from `absolute' to `will'. by means of exploring either the etymological history of such phrases and Hegel's specific use of them, Michael Inwood clarifies for the trendy reader a lot that has been considered as tough and imprecise in Hegel's paintings.

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Thomasius did little to remedy this, in part because his writings were still shot through with Latin borrowings, in part because his terminological proposals lacked the clarity, authority and consistency needed for widespread acceptance. The most significant step in this direction was taken by the foremost philosopher of the German Enlightenment, Christian Wolff (16791754). Wolff was originally a mathematician and he believed that philosophy should be presented with mathematical clarity and rigour.

2 Cf. W. Whewell, in The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, founded upon their History (2nd edn, London: Parker, 1847), II p. ' 3 The New Science of Giambattista Vico, translated from the third edition (1744) by T. G. Bergin and M. H. Fisch (Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 1948), §445. Vico adds that German 'transforms almost all names from foreign languages into its own' (§445), that it is 'a mother language (because foreign nations never entered that country to rule over it)', in which 'the roots are all monosyllabic' (§452), and that it 'preserves its heroic origins intact even to excess and this is the reason .

G. ) and is thus literally 'that which stands over against'. Simpler examples are Kunstwerk ('work of art'), das Kunstschöne ('artistic beauty, the beauty of art'), das Naturschöne ('natural beauty, the beauty of nature'), etc. Connected with German's facility for composition is the fact (or supposed fact) that German, like ancient Greek, but unlike English and French, is an 'original (ursprüngliche)' language. 3 In its beginnings, the argument runs, language is governed by 'poetic logic' (Vico) and depends on concrete imagery and metaphor.

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