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Questions related to the works of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 – 1831), who was an important figure of German Idealism.

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What is the intellectual import of a work of art (geistiger Gehalt) for Hegel?

What is the intellectual import of a work of art (geistiger Gehalt) for Hegel? I've not read much Hegel, and feel very unfamiliar with his ideas, but it comes up in discussions of critical theory.
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How to fully understand the first three chapters of Phenomenology of Spirit?

I read The Phenomenology of Spirit like 10 years ago, but I felt like it was very vague and abstract. Hegel seemed to have been describing the development of human thought with respect to the absolute ...
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A couple of small questions on Ven.Ñanavira's note on Kamma

On his note on Kamma from his book Notes on Dhamma The question of kamma or action- what should I do? is the ethical question for all personal action done by me is either akusala or kusala, unskilful ...
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Why didn't Nietzsche's work take off in his time? [closed]

Was it becaue he just didn't breakout as a writer or was it because of the dominance of certain philosophical narratives that made his philosophy unacceptable ? he did attack everything ever
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On Kierkegard's definition of the Self: " a relation that relates itself to itself" ( question based on an SEP's quote)

In The Sickness unto death , Kierkegaard says in a sybilline way that the self is (1) a relation that relates itself to itself (2) a synthesis of finite and infinite. Should I understand that " ...
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Beauvoir on Hegel in her The Ethics of Ambiguity

So Beauvoir is writing in her Ethics of Ambiguity : Nature asserts itself in the face of Spirit which denies it while assuming it; the individual is again found in the collectivity within which he is ...
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Is Wittgenstein's proposition "the world is a collection of facts not things" similar to Hegel's claim that objects are not things but forces?

They both seem to suggest that objects are not defined by their discrete appearances but rather by the conceptual framework which allows us to perceive them. In case of Wittgenstein the world is all ...
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Where does Hegel say the following?

Where does Hegel say the following or something like it? Our universities . . . are our churches.
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What is meant by “dialectical overcoming”?

In Alexandre Kojéve’s Introduction to Hegel, the author is explaining, in the first chapter, about the self-consciousness of a human as it is originated only in the presence of another human. He says ...
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How's Hegel's conception of Geist different from the bible's conception of the holy spirit?

I was seeing a documentary on Christianity, in it many times the word "Holy spirit" was mentioned with subtext that it was something written in the bible. I had previously heard Hegel came ...
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Can you list other Collingwood's Absolute Presuppositions?

Robin G. Collingwood's posited the existence of absolute presuppositions (AS). As a reminder, presuppositions are for Collingwood assumptions and guiding precepts that are closed to further analysis ...
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What is the post-modernist response to Francis Fukuyama's theory that technological developments give history a specific direction?

Since post-modernists reject unity points and Foucault's work shows one episteme to the other evolves completely randomly without any pattern, Fukuyama's theory here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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How has Foucault and post modernism in general become the dominant lense of analysis in Western Academia and how do Hegelians and others oppose that?

I have read of the strong impact of Foucault (the most cited author ?) and post-modernist lenses in particular in Academia. From Edward Said's Orientalism to Spivak's work (which even doe was a ...
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What does it exactly mean to be a Hegelian in terms of politics what are they opposed to?

Does it simply mean viewing the progression of history as dialectic where internal contradictions within the imagining of a thesis sort themselves out dialectically ? Does it mean a belief in ...
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Hegel's Actual and Real

Hegel uses the terms Actuality (Wirklichkeit) and Reality (Realität) often in his works. Can anyone help make determinations about the relation of these two terms? How are they distinguished from each ...
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Is Absolute Idealism like Shankara's Advaita Vedanta of Hindu philosophy?

Advaita Vedanta of Shankara of Hindu philosophy is monistic. It postulates that the world is utterly manifestation of Brahman, and the sense of separateness of the Souls from Brahman is an illusion. ...
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Why is Nietzsche more frequently associated with Nazis than Hegel is?

Most introductory texts or lectures of Nietzsche mention the connection between his thought and Nazi ideology (supposedly due to his sister's promoting his thought as being pro-Nazi). But Nazis don't ...
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Did Hegel provide any example of history repeating itself?

Did Hegel or Marx give any examples? Can anyone give a couple of instances? I can find no event repeating itself twice, just one drive, lust of power
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Does Hegel believe in many absences?

According to Hegel, is every absence the same thing, or are there very many absences? I am wondering whether, in dialectics, nothing is truly absent from the whole unless the whole itself does not ...
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How should we understand Hegel's "Absolute Idea"?

I've read about Hegel's ideas on philosophical progress: Hegel's main philosophical project was to take these contradictions and tensions and interpret them as part of a comprehensive, evolving, ...
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Fredric Jameson's "Dialectical Sentences"

Fredric Jameson is one of the few hard line Marxists in America today. He writes extensively on topics about capitalism, postmodernity, etc, all through the lens of Hegelian/Marxist dialectics, which ...
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Did 3 laws of dialectics affirm themselves true from the current prospective of physics and social science?

There are 3 universal laws derived from Hegel's dialectics which are claimed to reveal the essential features of any developing phenomenon, no matter to what field of activity it may belong: 1.The law ...
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What is alienation from Hegel's perspective?

I'm not a professional philosopher. I'm only a curious person taking an interest in Hegel and Marx and I was reading Peter Singer's book named Hegel: A Very Short Introduction since I was trying to ...
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Was Hegel a Neoplatonist?

I have started reading a book by Philip Stanfield, Hegel the Consummate Neoplatonist where he claims (page 1): From a materialist perspective (‘matter’ or objective reality is primary to ...
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Would it be best to read Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences first before getting in to Hegel's other work?

I'm just trying to get a decent reading order for Hegel's work. I plan on reading other thinkers before Hegel like Kant and some secondaries like "German Philosophy 1760-1860 The Legacy of ...
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What is meant by "appearance" and "a kind of knowing that is other than it" in paragraph 76 of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit?

In paragraph 76 of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit it is written: But science, insofar as it comes onto the scene, is itself an appearance; science's coming onto the scene is not yet science as it is ...
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Book or source recommendations on philosophy and the web

I am looking for a philosophical take on the Internet and so far find surprisingly little of what I was hoping for. While I am also interested in information theory, digital culture, social critique, ...
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What does “Objective Tendency” mean as used by Adorno?

I am beginning Minima Moralia and have found the dedication difficult to get through, but it seems like it contains important information. When discussing Hegel’s “relation to the subject,” and his ...
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Why did Marx criticise Hegel?

While Marx accepted Hegel's dialectic process, he denied Hegel's conclusion that this dialectic ends in freedom that develops at the level of society in the form of Spirit. What is Marx's argument ...
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Does relativism start with Hegel?

I don't think I need to ellaborate but Hegel's themes of historicism, revelation, and, of course, the dialectic, along with affirming the Weltgeist and denying Kant's thing in itself seem to be very ...
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Understanding Marx's "Theses on Feuerbach" and "Materialism"

Materialism, in the common parlance, is about our material circumstances and our material interests. It's cast against an idealism that thinks the world is simply ideas, shaped by thought- but isn't ...
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Did Hegel logically derive his philosophy?

Hegel claims to have logically derived his philosophy; replaced a quote that was out of context with this one << Hegel's Science of Logic, introduction §62 "In the Phenomenology of Mind I ...
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Understanding the meaning of a para from Hegel’s “The Philosophy of Right”

In the Note of the article 10 in “The Philosophy of Right”, G.W.F. Hegel writes: that because the truth is the idea, when any object or phase is apprehended only as it is in itself or in conception, ...
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Are There Any Hegelian Approaches to Modern Physics?

In his section on Force and the "inverted world" in "Phenomenology of Spirit," Hegel provides a dialectical account of Newtonian physics and gravity that I find very interesting, ...
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What is bourgeois liberalism (as associated with Rorty)?

In his SEP-article on Richard Rorty, Bjorn Ramberg on two occasions mentions bourgeois liberalism without offering any details of what Rorty or others mean by it. I have never come across this ...
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Did Hegel impact future philosophers by showing them how to view concepts as thesis/antithesis pairs?

I'm trying to understand Hegel's impact on future thinkers. It can be difficult to read philosophical ideas and ascertain how they had "real world" impact, which includes impact on future ...
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How do Advaitans respond to Hegel's Absolute Idealism?

I have read quite a bit of Hindu philosophy, particularly that of the Advaitan school, and I'm trying to improve my understanding of German Idealism. My understanding of Hegel's Absolute is that it is ...
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What does "mind-independent" mean in Hegel?

In Burbidge's "The Logic of Hegel's Logic" p. 25 he says, describing Hegel's position vis a vis Schelling: "Since the world is genuinely independent of our thinking of it, then we must ...
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How do logicians think about Hegel's logic

I was told, a while ago now, that if I wanted to study Hegel, even Hegelian Marxism, I'd be best off studying his logic first. Having recently asked this question I was wondering how do contemporary ...
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Is Hegel criticizing the Church in On the Prospects for a Folk Religon?

Good morning, I have just started studying Hegel with the oldest work I could find, On the Propspects for a Folk Religion, also called Tübinga Fragments I believe. In the second paragraph it already ...
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Does Marx make a metaphysical/ontological argument for Materialism anywhere?

As I understand it currently, I read Marx as more of a historian, economist and sociologist and I am finding it hard to locate any metaphysical argument against Hegel's 'idealism'. All I know is this ...
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Has anyone found logical error or inconsistencies in the writings of Hegel in the book Phenomenology of the Spirit?

Has anyone found logical error or inconsistencies in the writings of Hegel in the book Phenomenology of the Spirit? Since so few people understand it perfectly, you would assume even the writer ...
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What does the phrase "human experience" mean in the context of Hegelian philosophy?

The following is an extract from an introductory paragraph on Hegel on Spark Notes (https://www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/hegel/context/): Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in 1770 in Stuttgart, ...
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An sich and Für sich (in itself and for itself)

For use in annotating the work of an Italian poet, I wish to explain a reference to An sich and für sich: What would be a brief, straightforward, and yet accurate definition of these concepts in Hegel'...
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Hegel Something-Other confusion

From Julie E. Maybee's Picturing Hegel: An Illustrated Guide to Hegel's Encyclopaedia Logic (p. 71): I have no idea what's going on here. As I try to understand it: The positive connection (the being ...
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Did Hegel have a response to solipsism?

Did Hegel have a response to solipsism? I have read little Hegel, but I like the idea that he did have a response to solipsism.
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Is German idealism ontological, epistemic, or something more abstract?

On one hand Kant's transcendental idealism seems purely ontological: His noumena/phenomena distinction is essentially a form of dualism. Add to that: Marx considered himself a materialist in ...
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What did Kant mean by the term "category" and did the term change meaning with Hegel?

What does Kant mean by the term "category" and did the term change meaning with Hegel? I'm not asking about for an enumeration of his categories, but what the term means, therein. I read the ...
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What would be the difference between Fichte and Hegel?

I am quite confused how Fichte's ideas (and Schelling's ideas) and Hegel's ideas differ. There seem to be some common elements, but I am unsure how to pinpoint the difference between Hegel's and ...
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In what ways are Kierkegaard and Hegel similar?

It is well known that Kierkegaard's philosophy is, in large part, a response to or critique of Hegel's philosophy. How, then, are they similar? Is there any way to reconcile their differences, or to ...