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By Ludwig Wittgenstein

The such a lot whole version but released of Wittgenstein’s 1929 lecture contains a never-before released first draft and makes clean claims for its value in Wittgenstein’s oeuvre.

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39 Another passage that has been cited in support of arguments that the Phenomenology is a disunified text comes from a letter written long after the original publication of the work. Hegel’s old publisher Goebhardt had been bought out, and his successor Wesche had obtained the remaining copies of the first edition of the Phenomenology and was putting into motion plans to print a second edition, without securing Hegel’s approval or soliciting his suggestions for corrections or other changes. Hegel, upset by this effrontery, writes to von Meyer: “His [sc.

Religion is simply a part of the passive and “unresisting atmosphere” which reason interpenetrates since the former does not perceive the imminent danger that rationality presents to its most dearly held beliefs and institutions. But gradually reason, like a perfume, diffuses itself silently and insidiously into all aspects of culture. Hegel then changes the metaphor from that of a benign diffusion of perfume in space to the clearly negative image of an infection. e. a cancerous disease. But this disease is latent and goes undetected for a long time by spiritual doctors with even the greatest prognostic acumen.

Thus, rationality also takes on the meaning of critical observation or reflection for Hegel. In this sense, Hegel’s conception of rationality resembles Socratic rationality, which applies the dialectical criticism to all institutions and beliefs to see if they rest on a rational basis. It is Hegel’s purportedly unqualified positive assessment of reason in this sense that I wish to analyze. Hegel and the Myth of Reason 15 I wish merely to suggest that Hegel is in fact aware of the pernicious aspects of history and culture as well as the negative aspects of reason itself, understood in the aforementioned sense of philosophical reflection.

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