. G.W.F. Hegel on Weltgeist - Dictionary of Arguments

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Weltgeist: Weltgeist, German for "world spirit", refers to Hegel's philosophical concept of the collective spirit or consciousness shaping historical development. It embodies the cultural, intellectual, and moral forces that drive human progress, reflecting the evolving ideas and values of a society throughout history. See also G.W.F. Hegel, Universal history, World history, Spirit, World.
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G.W.F. Hegel on Weltgeist - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 337
Weltgeist/World spirit/Hegel/Höffe: Hegel [insists] on his philosophical basic idea that general reason asserts itself against the particular arbitrariness (of peoples, states and individuals).
>Peace/Hegel.
Progress: In order to accomplish progress, according to Hegel, reason makes use of two "unconscious tools", the "world-historical individuals" (...) as well as the "spirits of the people", by which, in the sense of Montesquieu or also Herder, is to be understood the way in which peoples organize their law and their constitution.
People/peoples: Hegel speaks of the "special national character of a people" (§ 3)(1). Both subjects, the individuals and the spirits of the people, follow their own interests and nevertheless, so the cunning of reason, help reason qua free will to success.
Weltgeist: When Hegel speaks here of Weltgeist, he does not mean an abstruse force, but rather the entire moral world of mankind, namely, the moral world of law, the family, the economic world, and the commonwealth.

1. G.W.F. Hegel, Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts oder Naturrecht und Staatswissenschaft im Grundriss, 1820, § 3


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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