System der Wissenschaft. Erster Theil, die Phänomenologie des Geistes.

HEGEL Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1807.)

£10500.00  [First Edition]

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THE SINGLE MOST INFLUENTIAL PHILOSOPHICAL WORK OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

First edition, first issue. 8vo (200 x 130mm). [8], xci, [3, errata], 765, [1], [2, advertisements] pp. Some occasional pencilled underling and marginal highlighting, otherwise a remarkably clean, crisp copy. Contemporary paste paper covered boards, spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt on a red morocco label, red edges (boards slightly scuffed, extremities gently rubbed and bumped, otherwise an excellent copy). Bamberg and Würzburg, Joseph Anton Goebhardt.

The single most influential philosophical work of the nineteenth century, Hegel's Phenomenology charts the development of Geist, conceptually midway between spirit and mind, towards self-awareness and self-knowledge, a "one-ness" in which awareness is not merely of phenomena, but of reality as it is in itself, identified both with knowledge of "the Absolute" and with the moment when "mind" finally knows itself.

The Phenomenology "begins with a dialectical discussion of sense perception in which it is argued that knowledge of physical things presupposes the view that the physical world consists of forces interacting according to laws. Hegel maintained that knowledge of such a world is really a type of self-knowledge, since in penetrating to the forces behind phenomena we become aware of what we ourselves have devised and put there. 'Behind the so-called curtain which is to hide the internal constitution of things, there is nothing to be seen unless we ourselves go behind'. The physical world of scientific theory presupposes self-conscious beings. When he analysed self-consciousness, Hegel argued that it presupposes a plurality of living and desiring beings each of whom seeks to subdue the world to his own wishes, to make it part of himself" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy III, p. 438). 

It contains brilliant analyses of the fragile nature of self-consciousness, and in particular the way it depends upon recognition by others, as potently expressed by the master-slave dialectic that continues to exert an overarching influence over much of our social and political theory.

The first issue, with leaf A1, the sub-title, reading "Erster Theil. Wissenschaft der Erfahrung des Bewusstseyns". At Hegel's request, this leaf was substituted with a cancel, reading "I. Wissenschaft der Phänomenologie des Geistes."

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