Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Phenomenology of Spirit, Preface, paragraph 9

This temperance in receiving, or stinginess in giving, does not befit science. The man who only seeks edification, who wants to envelop in mist the earthly diversity of his existence and his thought, and craves after the vague enjoyment of this indeterminate divinity – he may look where he likes to find this: he will easily find the means to procure something he can congratulate himself on and puff himself up about. But philosophy must beware of wishing to be edifying.

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