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By Walter Kaufmann

This immensely readable and soaking up publication - the 1st of a three-volume sequence on realizing the human brain - concentrates on 3 significant figures who've replaced our snapshot of people. Kaufmann vastly revises conventional conceptions of Goethe, Kant, and Hegel, displaying how their rules concerning the brain have been formed by way of their very own distinct mentalities.

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Ivan SolI Bad Homburg Notes 1. Discovering the Mind (New York: McGraw-HiU. 1980) p. 4. 2. Ibid. p. 7. 3. Ibid. pp. 6-7. 4. Ibid. p. 8. Introduction to the Transaction Edition ~ xxxv Prologue~ ~ Few people know their own minds. Many, though by no means all, would like to. Many more would like to know the minds of others. And philosophers and psychologists have long dreamed of understanding how the human mind works generally. The imperative "Know thyselfl" goes back to the ancient Greeks, and several Greek philosophers alluded to it.

He has a great many talents, is a true genius and a man of character. Possesses an extraordinarily vivid imagination and expresses himself for the most part in images and metaphors .... He is violent in all of his emotions but often has a great deal of self-control. His way of thinking is noble; free of prejudices, he acts as he feels without caring whether others like it, whether it is the fashion, whether the way one lives pennits it. All compulsion is hateful to him. He loves children and can occupy himself with them extremely well.

Goethe and the Discovery of the Mind ~ 21 cease speaking freely had an equal impact on the modem mind. His character and bearing have influenced the history of philosophy as much as any system. '1 Socrates also provided a decidedly un-Kantian paradigm of autonomy, but Goethe's version of autonomy differed from Socrates'. Socrates did not write, while Goethe was above all else a writer. What is more, Goethe was a poet who excelled at finding words for feelings, emotions, and passions, while Socrates inspired ever so many philosophers who believed as the Stoics did, partly under his influence, that happiness requires the subjugation of emotion and passion.

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