Quotation by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

When needs and means become abstract in quality, abstraction is also a character of the reciprocal relation of individuals to one another. This abstract character, universality, is the character of being recognized and is the moment which makes concrete, i.e. social, the isolated and abstract needs and their ways and means of satisfaction.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher. Philosophy of Right, part 3: "Civil Society," par. 192, p. 127, Oxford University Press (1952).
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