Peter Singer

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Singer states that he felt like he had three choices when approaching the translation. 1) Use mind throughout 2) Use spirit throughout 3) Use whichever seems appropriate in context. Singer rejects the third because it is obviously important to Hegel what he calls geist, not withstanding the different aspects that emerge in his writing...
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Hegel wanted you to understand geist and to do that you must choose which to apply. He explains that it makes the excerpt of the Phenomenology easier to understand if you use the same word and he further explains that using mind makes giest easier to understand. When he began this translation Signer assumed he would use spirit because that had been the choice of virtually all recent Hegel translators, but changed his mind when he realized the connotations it would bring up for English speaking readers...
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