‘System of Ethical Life and First Philosophy of Spirit’ by Georg W. F. Hegel

Published by State University of New York Press in 1979.

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The first English translation and detailed interpretation of Hegel’s System der Sittlichkeit (1802-3) and Philosophie des Geistes by Harris and Knox, papers which are the two earliest surviving versions of Hegel’s social theory.

Hegel’s central concept of the spirit evolved in these two works. An excellent contribution to greater and complete understanding of Hegel, this volume provides key texts for the historical reconstruction and early evolution of Hegelian thought and belongs in all college and university libraries where 19th-century European philosophy, especially German Idealism, is seriously studied.


H. S. Harris is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Glendon College, York University. Sir Malcolm Knox is principal of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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