The Experience of Thought

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The theory of philosophic thinking that underlies the Lectures on the History of Philosophy (discussed in Chapter 1) is embedded in Hegel’s broader theory of experience (Erfahrung), of thinking as such (Denken ueberhaupt), and of the particular form that thinking takes in conceptual cognition (begreifendes Erkennen).1 Concise expositions of these notions can be found in the introduction to the 1830 Encyclopaedia 2 as well as in the Preface to the Greater Logic published in 1832.


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