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The Phenomenology of Mind


THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF MIND
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PREFACE: ON SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE
In the case of a philosophical work it seems not only superfluous, but, in view of the nature of philosophy,
even inappropriate and misleading to begin, as writers usually do in a preface, by explaining the end the
author had in mind, the circumstances which gave rise to the work, and the relation in which the writer takes
it to stand to other treatises on the same subject, written by his predecessors or his contemporaries. For
whatever it might be suitable to state about philosophy in a preface − say, an historical sketch of the main
drift and point of view, the general content and results, a string of desultory assertions and assurances about
the truth − this cannot be accepted as the form and manner in which to expound philosophical truth.
Moreover, because philosophy has its being essentially in the element of that universality which encloses the
particular within it, the end or final result seems, in the case of philosophy more than in that of other sciences,
to have absolutely expressed the complete fact itself in its very nature; contrasted with that the mere process
of bringing it to light would seem, properly speaking, to have no essential significance. On the other hand, in
the general idea of e.g. anatomy − the knowledge of the parts of the body regarded as lifeless − we are quite
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