Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

(1770-1831 / Stuttgart)

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (August 27, 1770 – November 14, 1831) was a German philosopher, and a major figure in German Idealism. His historicist and idealist account of reality revolutionized European philosophy and was an important precursor to Continental philosophy and Marxism.

Hegel developed a comprehensive philosophical framework, or "system", of Absolute idealism to account in an integrated and developmental way for the relation of mind and nature, the subject and object of knowledge, psychology, the state, history, art, religion, and philosophy. In particular, he developed the concept that mind or spirit manifested itself in a set of contradictions and ... more »

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  • ''The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "The State," addition 160, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).
  • Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the g...
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "The State," addition 149, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).
  • ''World history is a court of judgment.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "World History," pt. 3, sect. 3, The Philosophy of Right (1821). See a similar stat...
  • ''Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Wrong," addition 58, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).
  • ''It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.''
    Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Introduction," sct. 3, The Philosophy of History (1837).
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