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HEGEL, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich.

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

Bamberg and Würzburg, Joseph Anton Goebhardt, 1807 Stock Code: 132068
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First edition, second issue of Hegel's first major and best-known work, known in English as "The Phenomenology of Spirit", the only part published, in which he develops the idea of Geist realizing itself in the intellectual development of mankind. "It 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 analyzed 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" (Edwards, Encyclopedia of Philosophy III, p. 438).
This copy with leaf A1 in the second issue, the sub-title substituted with a cancel, reading "I. Wissenschaft der Phänomenologie des Geistes," the first issue reading "Erster Theil. Wissenschaft der Erfahrung des Bewusstseyns". The leaf was changed at Hegel's request.
A former owner has noted the purchased price of the book as 3.14 ?Thaler, the binding adding a further 0.7. A later owner has noted the purchase of the book on the 21st of October 1875 for one Mark.

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Octavo (196 x 112 mm). Contemporary half calf and sprinkled boards, rebacked preserving the original spine, red paper label lettered gilt, red edges. Housed in a dark brown quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Complete with the final advertisment leaf.


Neatly rebacked and corners restored, board edges a little rubbed; occasional light spotting and intermittent innoffensive damp marking to leaves; a very good copy.


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