I don't find this word in any dictionary. What does it mean?

Sample excerpt, from here :

Der Akteur "erkennt das Gethane nur als das Seinige, insofern sich darin die Bestimmung des Zweckes findet, die subjectiv in ihm war. [...] In dem Meinigen verlange ich mein subjectives Wollen zu erkennen; und nur in sofern dies darin erkenntlich, erkenne ich das Gethane als das Meinige".

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    Your link points to outside the preview!
    – Ludi
    Dec 22, 2017 at 17:28
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    @Ludi: Click again! It seemed so to me too, but just by clicking a second time it worked. Must be a bug in google books. Dec 22, 2017 at 17:32

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This text is about 200 years old, it was written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831).

Before the orthographic reform of 1901 the word tun (to do) was written with an h after t (thun). So also das Getane (the done = what was done) was written with this h.

So the first words of this paragraph translate to:

The actor "recognizes what was done only as what is his, ...

Note, that the h after t in German was a marker for aspirated pronunciation of the t (i.e. short sound of breath after t).

  • And here is an example of a beautiful text from the end of that period. I took care not to choose a very old one, so that learners can guess the correspondences Thal/Tal, That/Tat... gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/brigitta-198/3
    – Ludi
    Dec 22, 2017 at 17:26
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    Well there was no standardised orthography until the 1870’s anyway …
    – Jan
    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:12

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