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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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does Hegel's Dialectical Materialism needs justification when we re-examine the notion of "opposite" and whether that's a fact of the world?

Hegel basically says thesis-antithesis-synthesis, and this works because there are opposition of ideas or there are contradictions Derrida also uses concepts like "binary oppositions" he ...
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Hegel's Notion of beauty and it's connection to "freedom"

can someone PLEASE make sense of this for me https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hegel-aesthetics/ "In Hegel’s view, this sensuous expression of free spirit constitutes beauty. The purpose of art, ...
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What is the Economic Orientation of Hegel? Is he a Capitalist, Socialist, or Communist?

What is the Economic Orientation of Hegel? Is he a Capitalist, Socialist or Communist? What is his point of view regarding commerce, and principal of supply and demand? What is his point of view ...
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What is the difference between concepts and things?

I read that in Hegel’s ontology, concepts and things are the same thing. The universe itself is constructed from concepts, so in a way, reality is made of ideas. Is there a deep difference other than ...
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What role does political science play in philosophical understanding? [closed]

If Hegel's Absolute Spirit drives the history of humanity to a certain ends, the historical political circumstances and decisions would be the most vivid representation of the Absolute Idea in action? ...
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Would the inability to mathematically prove randomness in our world prove that we live in the simulator? [closed]

My personal impression is that advocates of Hegel's absolute idea, or, the World inside a computer simulator, have a much easier time proving this, given how our world obeys common, predictable, ...
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What is the "fourth term" of the Hegelian dialectic?

Paul accomplishes his objective only by defining a fourth discourse, which could be called mystical, as the margin for his own. As if every schema of discourses had to configure a quadrangle. But is ...
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What is the difference between temporal logic and Dialectical Logic (Hegel)?

I have been reading Hegel's Science of Logic where he critiques its generation understanding of logic known as Formal Logic. As I have come to understand one of the main differences between Hegel's ...
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How is Hegel's dialectic a logic?

There are several features of this account that Hegel thinks raise his dialectical method above the arbitrariness of Plato’s dialectics to the level of a genuine science. First, because the ...
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What did Hegel meant when he said that the universal continually engenders itself while maintaining its identity throughout the process?

The patriotic sentiment acquires its specifically determined content from the various members of the organism of the state. This organism is the development of the Idea to its differences and their ...
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If Hegel was so hard to read, how did he become so popular?

I find that it is a popular/fashionable opinion that Hegel is a difficult to read writer. See eg. If this is the case, then how did his writings become mainstream/gain popularity at all? It's quite ...
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Why does Hegel suggest that rationality may go against itself eventually?

Hegel's view on Kant's antinomy is that it uncovers the inherent contradiction of rationality. I don't get it that the concept negates itself through logical deduction. My example is sponetanity vs ...
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How does Hegel's Ontology overcome issues in Spinoza's?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've tried to reconstruct an argument about this on my own with no luck so far. It's about Hegel's criticism of Spinoza. As far as I understand, Hegel's main critique ...
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Question about Hegel

My professor said Hegel believes that the progress of rationality roots in the contradiction. One of the example is that to Kant's Antinomy, Hegel said we can know two opposite prepositions lead to ...
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Why Hegel thinks that A and not-A will entail each other?

According to Hegel, he claims that both contradictory concepts are eventiually found to be included in the upper one. I don't really know what this means, it sounds like a ridiculous joke.
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How does Hegel account for the laws of physics?

This is related to: How do non-theist idealists account for laws of physics? But I'm narrowing down this question specifically to Hegel. If reality is Geist (which is something like mind/spirit), and ...
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What does this quote from Hegel mean? [closed]

On account of this general connection between political freedom and the freedom of Thought, Philosophy only appears in History where and in as far as free institutions are formed. Since Mind requires ...
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What does Hegel mean by "Geist returning to itself"?

I am reading a secondary source that has a section dedicated to Hegel. It says “For Hegel, the whole of history is such a dialectical process—one that is driven by Geist returning to itself, having “...
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According to Horkheimer and Adorno, how is the Enlightenment Dialectical?

In 1947 the Frankfurt School philosophers Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno published their seminal work "Dialektik der Aufklärung", first translated to English in 1972 as "Dialectic ...
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The necessity of shine in Hegel's Logic

In the Doctrine of Essence Hegel begins with shine [schein] as "all that remains of the sphere of being" (WL, p.342). He further qualifies it as a "nothingness or a lack of essence......
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What does Hegel mean by “return to itself”?

I am reading a secondary source that has a section dedicated to Hegel. It says “For Hegel, the whole of history is such a dialectical process—one that is driven by Geist returning to itself, having “...
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Is Egoism of Max Stirner idealization of Free consciousness?

In more simple language when Stirner talks about having no fix ideas or not treating ideas as sacred somehow makes it (Egoism of Stirner) having a fix idea itself ? Is creative nothing an idea or ...
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Relation of dialectics, as of Hegel and Marx, toward Enlightenment liberalism

I wish to understand how Hegelian dialectics, further carried, through Marxism, from an idealist to materialist orientation, positions itself with respect to the Enlightenment and liberalism. It is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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