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World Spirit
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[German Version]

In G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophy of history, the world spirit or world mind (Weltgeist) constitutes the motive of history (History/Concepts of history) and hence of reality per se. Everything real is an expression of change as well as of a particular historical time. At the same time, what is real is rational; in other words, changes and historical particularities are non-contingent, interlocking elements of “advance in the consciousness of freedom” (Hegel, Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte, 1837, 1970, 32; ET: Lectures on the Philosophy of History, 2011…

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Wesche, Tilo, “World Spirit”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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