Miscellaneous Writings of G.W.F. Hegel


For some time now, the anglophone reader has had access to all four of G. W. F. Hegel’s major works in English translation: The Phenomenology of spirit, the Science of Logic, the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, and the Philosophy of Right. The increasing interest in Hegel’s philosophy in the English-speaking world over the past few decades has brought with it translations of several lesser known works as well. Although the task of translating Hegel into English is by no means finished, a more complete picture of him and his philosophical activity is available today than was the case thirty years ago. This anthology traces Hegel’s development through a number of these lesser known texts. Specifically, the goal of the present collection is to bring together into a single volume the scattered translations which have appeared over the past several years. The hope is that these various texts will together constitute a useful resource for students and scholars.

This anthology, reflecting virtually every stage of G. W. F. Hegel’s life and every area of his interests, provides the most complete picture yet of the intellectual development and activity of this towering figure of philosophy. Previously scattered and often hard to find, the writings collected here are of markedly different genres: introductions, rough drafts, book reviews, poems, speeches, sermons, individual treatises, even student notes and other firsthand reports. By virtue of their heterogeneity, these works bring out the full scope of Hegel’s intellectual interests and activities, and often surprising sides of his personality and intellectual character emerge as he plays the unaccustomed roles of poet, priest, reformer, and polemicist.


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