What Hegel seems to be addressing in this book first and foremost is the relationship that a people or culture should have with it's history. This is best exemplified, I believe, at the end of Chapter One where, after giving a brief description of methods of doing history, posits the question of whether or not philosophy, being speculative and subject to predispositions, has any right or reason to get involved with these methods, and history in general, as history is concrete and affirmed. He writes "This contradiction, together with the reproach springing from it in regard to speculation, must here be clarified and resolved." So we know that the book will focus, at least in part, on this clarification of philosophy's interest in history. At the same time, however, Hegel is also getting at something deeper - the role in which Reason plays in the unfolding of historical events, and how these events and their originators (e.g. Napoleon) are manifestations of the "World-Spirit". I do not fully understand how or what Hegel means by this - I am reminded at this point of Tolstoy's War and Peace. So, if Continental Philosophy is concerned with uncovering or creating crisis, what is Hegel's crisis? At present, I don't feel like I can assert an opinion, and look forward to what others feel in this regard.
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