In the Spirit of Solomon: The ‘Guise of Geist

  • Shari Neller Starrett
Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 1)


This chapter argues that focusing on the Hegelian strand of Solomon’s diverse legacy not only highlights his unique contributions to Hegel studies, but gives us a glimpse of the ongoing, indomitable spirit of Robert C. Solomon. Particular attention is given to his development of the claim that Hegel’s dialectic is not a method, but a metaphor in the mode of the Romantic poets’ notion of Bildung, which, in Solomon’s interpretation of Hegel, highlights an artful image (or “guise”) of Geist as an ongoing, growing, and intertwined human, lived experience that does not have to have an end, despite the anticipatory suggestiveness and seeming finality of the language of “Geist” as Absolute. Experiencing or being moved by the movement of this spirit is ‘getting’ (and getting into) the spirit of Hegel, and the spirit of Solomon, which doesn’t have to end for or with us.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA

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