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Geist (German pronunciation: "[ˈɡaɪst]) is a "German "noun with male "gender. Depending on context it can be translated as the English words "mind, "spirit, or "ghost, covering the "semantic field of these three English nouns. Some English translators resort to using "spirit/mind" or "spirit (mind)" to help convey the meaning of the term. Philosopher and science theorist Dirk Hartmann holds that Geist is today understood as a so-called "reflection terminus", on a par with time, space, matter, or the like. Geist is also a central concept in "Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's "The Phenomenology of Spirit (Phänomenologie des Geistes).
"Edmund Spenser's usage of the English-language word 'ghost', in his 1590 "The Faerie Queene, demonstrates the former, broader meaning of the English-language term. In this context, the term describes the sleeping mind of a living person, rather than a ghost, or spirit of the dead. The word Geist is etymologically identical to the English ghost (from a "Common Germanic *gaistaz) but has retained its full range of meanings, while some applications of the English word ghost had become obsolete by the 17th century, replaced with the Latinate spirit. For this reason, English-language translators of the term Geist from the German language face some difficulty in rendering the term, and often disagree as to the best translation in a given context. "Der große Duden, following Heidegger, however traces it to the "root *gheis, a word which did not carry its present connotations.
Geist is a central concept in "Hegel's "The Phenomenology of Spirit (Phänomenologie des Geistes). According to Hegel, the Weltgeist ("world spirit") is not an actual object or a transcendental, Godlike thing, but a means of philosophizing about history.["citation needed] Weltgeist is effected in history through the "mediation of various Volksgeister ("national spirits"), the "great men of history, such as "Napoleon, are the ""concrete "universal".["citation needed]
This has led some to claim that Hegel favored the "great man theory, although his "philosophy of history, in particular concerning the role of the ""universal state" (Universalstaat, which means a universal "order" or "statute" rather than ""state"), and of an "End of History" is much more complex.
For Hegel, the great hero is unwittingly utilized by Geist or absolute spirit, by a "ruse of reason" as he puts it, and is irrelevant to history once his historic mission is accomplished; he is thus subjected to the "teleological principle of history, a principle which allows Hegel to reread the history of philosophy as culminating in his philosophy of history.
Weltgeist, the world spirit concept, designates an "idealistic principle of world explanation, which can be found from the beginnings of philosophy up to more recent time. The concept of world spirit was already accepted by the idealistic schools of ancient Indian philosophy, whereby one explained "objective reality as its product. (See "metaphysical objectivism) In the early philosophy of Greek antiquity, "Socrates, "Plato and "Aristotle all paid homage, amongst other things, to the "concept of world spirit. Hegel later based his philosophy of history on it.
In Christian "theology, the term "Heiliger Geist (heilig = holy) is the German equivalent of "Holy Spirit; in Catholic and Lutheran liturgies is also the equivalent to lat. spiritus in the liturgical greeting "Et cum spiritu tuo", Und mit deinem Geiste.
Geisteskrank is a German word meaning "mentally ill".
Geistlos means 'mindless' or 'without spirit'.
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