How can one understand mediate in contract to immediate as in
- "What philosophy begins with must be either mediated or immediate,......" by GWF Hegel
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- I'm sorry to say this, but trying to understand Hegel in anything but the original German is a fool's game. This is particularly the case for a text as intricately constructed as the Wissenschaft der Logik. However, to answer your question, "mediated" (vermittelt) here is in the sense of something coming in between; IMO it would be possible to change "mediated" to "indirect" and "immediate" to "direct" without losing the basic import of the text. -- Visviva 02:16, 14 February 2008 (UTC)