‘To Teach Philosophy To Speak German’

H. S. Harris

in Hegel's Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)

Published in print November 1983 | ISBN: 9780198246541
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680991 | DOI:
‘To Teach Philosophy To Speak German’

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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

Chapter.  9423 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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