The quote strikes me as over-simplified.
Philosophers such as Kant an the post-Kantians qualified everything.
Did he mean the "State", a hive of bureaucratic busybodies wielding coercion. A marxist ideal.
The translations I've found have been by avowed marxists. Even in my limping German the editorial omissions were apparent as well as questionable interpretations.
How does a "world spirit" become a State?
What was the German word for state, what were the cultural implications at that time.
My library is limited Not much on the state. But I a few things on weldgeist
I think we would say world view. The spirit is our view insofar as it can be universally held.
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