DOSTOEVSKY READS HEGEL IN SIBERIA AND BURSTS INTO TEARS

DOSTOEVSKY READS HEGEL IN SIBERIA AND BURSTS INTO TEARS after day. Wrangel does not disclose in his memoir the name of the book that they were studying. He only mentions its author’s name: Hegel. We do not know which book of Hegel’s that Wrangel, who subscribed to the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, ordered for Dostoevsky from Germany. So let us select one: the lectures on the philosophy of history, which Hegel delivered between the autumn of 1822 and the spring of 1831 at the University of Berlin. His lecture series was concurrent with the arrival of ten thousand exiles in Siberia. The lectures were first published in book form in 1837; then in 1840, a new revised edition appeared. It is possible that Wrangel, after some browsing, may have ordered this book, because in it Hegel mentions Siberia. True, it is only a few words — and they explain why Hegel will not be discussing Siberia. He commences his discussion of Asia: “We must first of all eliminate Siberia, the northern slope of Asia. For it lies outside the scope of our enquiry. The whole character of Siberia rules it out as a setting for historical culture and prevents it from attaining a distinct form in the world-historical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

DOSTOEVSKY READS HEGEL IN SIBERIA AND BURSTS INTO TEARS

Common Knowledge, Volume 10 (1) – Jan 1, 2004

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after day. Wrangel does not disclose in his memoir the name of the book that they were studying. He only mentions its author’s name: Hegel. We do not know which book of Hegel’s that Wrangel, who subscribed to the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, ordered for Dostoevsky from Germany. So let us select one: the lectures on the philosophy of history, which Hegel delivered between the autumn of 1822 and the spring of 1831 at the University of Berlin. His lecture series was concurrent with the arrival of ten thousand exiles in Siberia. The lectures were first published in book form in 1837; then in 1840, a new revised edition appeared. It is possible that Wrangel, after some browsing, may have ordered this book, because in it Hegel mentions Siberia. True, it is only a few words — and they explain why Hegel will not be discussing Siberia. He commences his discussion of Asia: “We must first of all eliminate Siberia, the northern slope of Asia. For it lies outside the scope of our enquiry. The whole character of Siberia rules it out as a setting for historical culture and prevents it from attaining a distinct form in the world-historical

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