‘The Young Hegelians’ by William J. Brazill

“No philosophy,” Hegel insisted, “transcends its age.” He meant, of course, that each philosophy elucidated in terms of its own time the stage to which the rational mind had developed, that no philosophy was absolutely true for all times. Yet he also maintained that no philosophy ever died, since all thought contributed to the development of the rational mind and thus became part of the living present. It was in the nature of his dialectical thought that every philosophy was time-bound in content and timeless in form. With this view he bequeathed to his disciples, by his unexpected death in 1831, the problem and the heritage of his ideas: what to do with Hegel’s philosophy in a new age…

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