Friday, July 16, 2010

Williams, Robert R. Review of G. W. F. Hegel, INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHY. NDPR (July 2010).

Hegel, G. W. F.  Introduction and Oriental Philosophy.  Ed. and trans. Robert F. Brown.  Vol. 1 of Lectures on the History of Philosophy 1825-6.  Oxford: OUP, 2009.

The new translation from Oxford University Press is the first critical edition of Hegel's Lectures on the History of Philosophy available in English. It supersedes in many respects the previous translation. The merit and value of the new translation can be best appreciated by comparing it with the older, less expensive version. Haldane's and Simson's work is not bad as a translation, but it is more than 100 years old, and its irremediable defect is that it is a translation of the second German edition, the least desirable edition of Hegel's History of Philosophy Lectures. Since the Haldane translation has been very influential and widely reprinted, a word of explanation is in order. . . .

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