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Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)$
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H. S. Harris

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246541.001.0001

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‘To Teach Philosophy To Speak German’

‘To Teach Philosophy To Speak German’

(p.397) Chapter IX ‘To Teach Philosophy To Speak German’
Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)

H. S. Harris

Oxford University Press

The first section describes the polemic against mysticism and formalism. Rosenkranz presented a summary of Hegel's introductory lecture that he gave in Winter 1804/5. In this introduction, Hegel attacked several enemies at once: the mystical naturalism of Boehme, the scholastic Latinity of Kant, and most particularly, the ‘formalism’ of Schelling's philosophy of nature. The connecting thread of his polemic was his claim that the philosopher must concern himself with the conceptual interpretation of the ordinary natural language of everyday life, and that he should use the language which he clarifies. The second section describes Hegel's polemic against romanticism. This continuity between ordinary experience, or ordinary reflective thought, and the contradictory absolute experience and absolute reflection of the philosopher, puts Hegel on the side of the Enlighteners against the Romantic cult. The last section discusses the revolution in Hegel's logic.

Keywords:   polemic, mysticism, formalism, romanticism, Hegel, logic, Rosenkranz

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