Excerpt from The Secret of Hegel: Being the Hegelian System in Origin, Principle, Form and MatterThere has been a desire expressed that this book should not be altered - in the fear that alteration would spoil it! My regret is that, in the way ofMoreExcerpt from The Secret of Hegel: Being the Hegelian System in Origin, Principle, Form and MatterThere has been a desire expressed that this book should not be altered - in the fear that alteration would spoil it! My regret is that, in the way of alteration, where so much was required, so little was possible.
There certainly has been the attempt - a most anxious and painful one - to mitigate for the reader, in translation and commentary, the uncouth unintelligibleness of that extraordinary new German which it has been my fate to deal in. The melancholy fact remains, however, that all these Beings - Being-for-self, Being-for-other, Being-for-one, Being-for-a, &c.
- are hopeless: like a child that first reads, one has been obliged to syllabify. Still there have been explanations - alterations, for meaning or in taste, there have been freely put to use many. Nevertheless, with all the foot-notes and all the modifications in text, it is to be acknowledged or professed, that, be it a good or be it not so good, the pile itself -characteristic faults and all - remains essentially the same, if only, as a pile, it may be hoped, somewhat sharper-edged or clearer-surfaced.It may seem in place now to say a word or two as to the origin of the book itself.
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