The Political Philosophies of Plato and Hegel

Excerpt: “This work purports to be an essay in the history of philosophy. I cannot refrain from giving expression here to my conviction that, whatever may have been possible in past ages, there can be for us no genuine science of philosophy which is not based wholly on the study of the history of philosophy.

It might be held to imply no more than that a study of the history of philosophy is an indispensable propaedeutic stage in the training of a philosopher, which he must have passed before his proper activity begins. This study is not only indispensable to educate the judgement of one who is to philosophize sanely; it is the means by which he must continue to philosophize. To philosophize is to study the history of philosophy philosophically…”

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