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The Philosophy of Subjective Spirit as Dewey's "Permanent Deposit" of Geist

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The influence of Hegel on Dewey's philosophy has been revisited in the past ten years, with numerous authors arguing that Hegelian resonances persist into Dewey's middle and later works. A recently recovered transcript of Hegel's 1827-8 lecture course on the philosophy of subjective spirit gives further evidence for common philosophical ground between Dewey and Hegel, particularly on the crucial topic of habit. The fact that Dewey did not have personal access to these lectures challenges historians of philosophy to consider what is lost in the intellectual-historical paradigm. I suggest that the resonance between Dewey and Hegel provides evidence for the unfolding of spirit and world-historical character of philosophy in America.


Aaron Shepherd    
Emory University
United States


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