chapter  III
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Hegel's First System (1802-1806)

THE ]encnscr system, as it is called, is Hegel's first complete system, consisting of a logic, a metaphysic, philosophy of nature, and philosophy of mind. Hegel formulated it in his lectures at the University of Jena from 1802 to 1806. These lectures have only recently been edited from Hegel's original manuscripts and published in three volumes, each of them representing a different stage of elaboration. The Logic and the Metaphysics exist in but one draft each, the Philosophy of Nature and the Philosophy of Mind in two.1 The considerable variations between these will be neglected here, since they have no bearing on the structure of the whole.