By Errol E. Harris
From the Preface:
The function of this remark is to render Hegel’s good judgment intelligible to the uninitiated and to dispel the various misconceptions that have gathered round it and round Hegel's philosophy typically. No try has been made to track traditionally the advance of the good judgment via its quite a few models, or to provide a biographical account of Hegel’s philosophical improvement. This has been performed via different writers with whom i've got no wish to compete. My item has been in basic terms to know the kernel of Hegel’s notion and to penetrate, as far as i will, the obscurities of his writing, in addition to, the place worthwhile and achievable, to give an explanation for and type out a few obvious anomalies within the association of the cloth.
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For it was forthright impatience with philosophical sophistry, according to some, or ineradicable obtuseness towards philosophical distinctions, according to others, that caused Johnson to kick the stone. b Introduction 25 impatient with (or remaining obtuse to) Berkeley's philosophy there is no change in the intrinsic character of any general quality of mind such as impatience or obtuseness, nor any such change in any complex of such qualities, nor yet any omission or failure to undergo change where change could have been undergone.
Clearly it is "meaningful" in the ordinary sense of the term, the sense that concerns translators, lexicographers, and other trained professionals concerned with meaning. ' Now, direct metaphysical arguments (and even extreme semantical claims) have nonetheless sometimes been met with. Most notably, one of the founders of nominalism, Goodman, has taken this line (in his position paper, Goodman (1956), cited earlier, and elsewhere). He advances the metaphysical principle P that distinct entities must have distinct constituents, and on this basis argues for the ontological conclusion X?
Likewise book-types, from Boswell's biography to Austen's novels, seem to undergo intrinsic changes as their authors compose them, adding and deleting episodes. Contemplating these and other complications, one may be overcome with Johnsonian impatience and exclaim, 'Enough of such sophistry! Physics tells us how ordinary material bodies act causally. They act by exerting forces of one of four kinds: gravitational, electromagnetic, or weak or strong nuclear. Biographies and novels, species and genera, exert no such forces over and above that of the aggregate of the concrete tokens and organisms pertaining to them.
An Interpretation of the Logic of Hegel by Errol E. Harris