World Soul
In Ted Honderich (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, Oxford, 1995, p. 919

Hegel was living in Jena in 1806 when Napoleon crushed the Prussian army at the battle named after that city. He wrote in a letter: 'The Emperor - this world-soul - I saw riding through the city to review his troops. It is indeed a wonderful feeling to see such an individual who, here concentrated into a single point, reaches out over the world and dominates it'. Since history has, for Hegel, a goal, the world-soul is the instrument of a larger destiny.


G. W. F. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of History, tr. J. Sibree (New York, 1956).