A Hegel Dictionary by Michael Inwood

By Michael Inwood

This publication presents a complete survey of Hegel's philosophical suggestion through a scientific exploration of over a hundred keywords, from `absolute' to `will'. by means of exploring either the etymological heritage of such phrases and Hegel's specific use of them, Michael Inwood clarifies for the trendy reader a lot that has been considered as tricky and vague in Hegel's paintings.

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Secondly, I consider some aspects of the development of German as a philosophical language, especially in the eighteenth century. Finally, I examine some of the peculiar features of Hegel's use of German and the general character of his contributions to philosophical German. The German Language Together with Frisian, Dutch and English, German belongs to the West Germanic group of languages and is thus closely related to English. But it differs from English in several crucial respects. Most notably, German is a highly inflected language: the grammatical structure of a German sentence is conveyed by the endings of nouns and verbs, as well as by word-order.

Qual, 'pain, torture'). g. Zweck for 'PURPOSE', and Auswicklung for 'DEVELOPMENT' (which was supplanted by Entwicklung only in the eighteenth century). Leibniz thought highly of such mystics as Böhme, and recommended them as a source of German philosophical terminology. Böhme was also valued by the romantics, especially Novalis, and F. Schlegel affirmed that no one else was so 'rich in allegory and symbolic representation'. He exerted a strong influence on Schelling, and in particular on his philosophy of nature.

G. mitewist for accidens, 'accident (of a substance)') have not. But the most Page 9 important factor in the growth of philosophical German throughout the medieval period (when mainstream philosophy was, as elsewhere, normally written in Latin) was German mysticism, which owed as much to Neoplatonism 6 and to gnosticism as to Christianity. Its first major representative was the Dominican, Meister (Johann) Eckhart (c. 12601327). The aim of Eckhart, as of other mystics, was the unification of the soul with God, the vision of God in the depths of one's own soul.

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