The early Hegel specialist James Hutchinson Sterling, in 1865, famously describing Hegel’s thought in Lovecraftian terms…

“Shall I be able to conduct you through this vast Cyclopean edifice this huge structure this enormous pile this vast mass that resembles nothing which has yet appeared in France or England or the world? One of those vast palaces, it is, of Oriental dream, gigantic, endless court upon court, chamber on chamber, terrace on terrace, built of materials from the east and the west and the north and the south marble and gold and jasper and amethyst and ruby, old prophets asleep with signet rings guarded by monsters winged and unwinged, footed and footless, there out in the void desert, separated from the world of man by endless days and nights, and eternally recurrent and repeating solitudes, lonely, mysterious, inexplicable, a giant dreamland, but still barbaric, incoherent, barren!”

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