Hegel - Philosophy of Mind – There is no such thing as matter
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Hegel's Philosophy of Mind By Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel [Translated From The Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences With Five Introductory Essays By William Wallace, M.A., LL.D. Fellow of Merton College, and Whyte's Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford]
The question of the immateriality of the soul has no interest, except where, on the one hand, matter is [pg 013] regarded as something true, and mind conceived as a thing, on the other.
But in modern times even the physicists have found matters grow thinner in their hands: they have come upon imponderable matters, like heat, light, &c., to which they might perhaps add space and time. These “imponderables,” which have lost the property (peculiar to matter) of gravity and, in a sense, even the capacity of offering resistance, have still, however, a sensible existence and outness of part to part; whereas the “vital” matter, which may also be found enumerated among them, not merely lacks gravity, but even every other aspect of existence which might lead us to treat it as material.
The fact is that in the Idea of Life the self-externalism of nature is implicitly at an end: subjectivity is the very substance and conception of life—with this proviso, however, that its existence or objectivity is still at the same time forfeited to the sway of self-externalism. It is otherwise with Mind.
………. Mind is the existent truth of matter—the truth that matter itself has no truth.