As I am diving into early Hegel (for no other reason that it is what I found myself doing), I wonder why it is so fascinating to see someone’s work at these early stages? I have always had a weak spot for biographies and I’ve read plenty of accounts of Hegel’s life. In addition to the usual interest in the philosopher’s life (Heidegger can take a break on this), I wonder if it is entirely fair for the future generations to have access to the “unpublished” texts? I mean they were left unpublished for a reason. It would be one thing if, say, Hegel prepared the texts for publication and then suddenly died without being able to carry out the final act of submission. But when it comes to early (“young”) Hegel, we are talking about fragments of texts and thoughts that he himself judged to be inadequate. In fact, he abandoned certain formulations and approaches to his intent to produce a system because he found them to be false starts. Of course we benefit from those drafts because we can see where the later stuff was coming from and how he gained his own philosophical voice, but still there is a sense of unease here (or should be, I think). Hegel threw these ideas out as incorrect or underdeveloped – can we really learn anything from them, philosophically speaking? How important are one’s abandoned and erroneous ideas for the general view (totality) of one’s thoughts?