quote – G.W.F. Hegel

“Public opinion therefore deserves to be respected as well as despised — despised for its concrete consciousness and expression, and respected for its essential basis, which appears in that concrete consciousness only in a more or less obscure manner. Since it contains no criterion of discrimination and lacks the ability to raise its own substantial aspect to [the level of] determinate knowledge, the first formal condition of achieving anything great or rational, either in actuality or in science, is to be independent of public opinion. Great achievement may in turn may be assured that public opinion will subsequently accept it, recognise it, and adopt it as one of its prejudices.�?

G.W.F. Hegel, The Elements of the Philosophy of Right, Cambridge University Press, p.355

[Nb. I came across this quote from the title bar, here]


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