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Geist als Kultur?

Über Möglichkeiten und Grenzen einer kulturtheoretischen Deutung von Hegels Philosophie des Geistes

Schnädelbach, Herbert

Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, Bd. 2008 (2008), Iss. 2: S. 6–26

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Schnädelbach, Herbert


Hegel’s central concept of „spirit“ has been repeatedly misinterpreted, as if it stood for spiritualist metaphysics or even a subjective idealism. Hegel’s use of this term apparently needs translating, whereby in the context of his early writings up to The Phenomenology of Mind, the term „culture“ seems like a good equivalent, although it was not available to Hegel in its present-day broad sense. This possibility is admittedly limited by Hegel’s later determination of mind and nature, which we are not able to follow without transforming his absolute idealism into a speculative idealism, but this does not come into question as a possibility for a philosophy of culture.