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Friday, November 18, 2005

Bach to Hegel

Posted by on November 18 at 13:30 PM

Dave Segal, ignore that crank and check out this passage from the preface of Phenomenology of Mind. It’s like listening to a fugue by Bach:

A self having knowledge purely of itself in the absolute antithesis of itself, this pure ether as such, is the very soil where science flourishes, is knowledge in universal form. The beginning of philosophy presupposes or demands from consciousness that it should feel at home in this element. But this element only attains its perfect meaning and acquires transparency through the process of gradually developing it. It is pure spirituality as the universal which assumes the shape of simple immediacy; and this simple element, existing as such, is the field of science, is thinking, which can be only in mind.