The Wisdom and Religion of a German Philosopher: Being Selections from the Writings of G. W. F. Hegel

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K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company, Limited, 1897 - Philosophy - 138 pages
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Page 99 - Itself is its own object of attainment, and the sole aim of Spirit. This result it is, at which the process of the World's History has been continually aiming; and to which the sacrifices that have ever and anon been laid on the vast altar of the earth, through the long lapse of ages, have been offered.
Page 98 - The German nations, under the influence of Christianity, were the first to attain the consciousness that man, as man, is free; that it is the Freedom of Spirit which constitutes its essence.
Page 91 - Eeason is as cunning as it is powerful. Cunning may be said to lie in the intermediative action which, while it permits the objects to follow their own bent, and act upon one another until they waste away, and does not itself directly interfere in the process, is nevertheless only working out its own aims.
Page 8 - That the history of the world, with all the changing scenes which its annals present, is this process of development and the realization of Spirit — this is the true Theodicaea, the justification of God in history. Only this insight can reconcile Spirit with the history of the world — viz., that what has happened, and is happening every day, is not only not "without God,
Page 55 - All the various peoples feel that it is in the religious consciousness they possess truth, and they have always regarded religion as constituting their true dignity and the Sabbath of their life. Whatever awakens in us doubt and fear, all sorrow, all care, all the limited interests of finite life, we leave behind on the shores of time...
Page 126 - The Idea is the Truth ; for Truth is the correspondence of objectivity with the Notion — not of course the correspondence of external things with my conceptions, for these are only correct conceptions held by me, the individual person.
Page 25 - But the next consideration which allies itself with that of change, is, that change while it imports dissolution, involves at the same time the rise of a new life— that while death is the issue of life, life is also the issue of death.
Page 1 - For in point of contents, thought is only true in proportion as it sinks itself in the facts ; and in point of form it is no private or particular state or act of the subject, but rather that attitude of consciousness where the abstract self, freed from all the special limitations to which its ordinary states or qualities are liable, restricts itself to that universal action in which it is identical with all individuals.
Page 134 - Aristotelian dunamis is also potentia, power and might. Thus the imperfect, as involving its opposite, is a contradiction, which certainly exists, but which is continually annulled and solved; the instinctive movement— the inherent impulse in the life of the soul— to break through the rind of mere nature, sensuousness, and that which is alien to it, and to attain to the light of consciousness, ie to itself.
Page 99 - This is the only aim that sees itself realised and fulfilled; the only pole of repose amid the ceaseless change of events and conditions, and the sole efficient principle that pervades them. This final aim is God's purpose with the world; but God is the absolutely perfect Being, and can, therefore, will nothing other than himself— his own Will. The Nature of His Will— that is, His Nature itself— is what we here call the Idea of Freedom; translating the language of Religion into that of Thought.

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