David Kolb

Exposing an English Speculative Word

Publication: The Owl of Minerva 31 (2):199-202 (2000)

Hegel congratulated himself on noticing that the German verb aufheben embodied a speculative dialectic in the interrelation of its multiple meanings. Translators have been hard put to find an equivalent English word. I think I have found a similar word in English, which, if not exactly a translation, still shows a similar interaction among the contrasting motions of its different meanings. “Expose” and related words fit Hegel’s criteria for words that encompass and express dialectical relations.

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