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Why did Kant, Hegel, and Adorno leave some words and phrases in the Greek alphabet?

Alasdair MacIntyre is a 20th/21st century philosopher writing in English. Immanuel Kant was an 18th century philosopher writing in German. G.W.F Hegel was a 19th century philosopher writing in German....
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Why did Hegel hate Newton?

Aside from specific criticisms that Hegel made of Newton his overriding reason was ideological, and he hated not so much Newton as "Newtonianism" which he saw as a motivation for "degrading" of ...
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Help me get this Hegel joke

First, "le sacre monstre" is bad French for "le monstre sacré" which while literally meaning "the holy monster" (thus the bad French putting the adjective in the wrong place) means "a public figure ...
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How can Hegel call philosophy a science?

I think (and I broadly agree here with Eckart Förster, whose book The Twenty-Five Years of Philosophy will be quoted here for reference) that Hegel roughly follows Kant's understanding of science. ...
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What should I read before reading Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit"?

It's nearly impossible to decipher Hegel even with that sort of background without a teacher. While I think knowledge of Kant and Spinoza is helpful, you should also be read up on your Plato and ...
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Does Hegel appear much in any recent philosphical ideas?

In the analytic world, Hegel is especially unpopular. There's a lot of reasons for this: His robust commitment to metaphysics His writing style His popularity at Oxford during the 19th and early 20th ...
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What did Hegel mean by 'world spirit'?

I wouldn't go so far as to say that wikipedia can answer the question completely, but it's not a bad start. The meaning of Spirit (Geist) is complicated and a matter of contested interpretation, but I ...
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Is German idealism ontological, epistemic, or something more abstract?

I think Kant would take exception to being called an ontological idealist or dualist. There is no dualism between appearances and things in themselves in the Cartesian sense of "dualism", the "...
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Why did Hegel hate Newton?

Hegel's "hate affair" with Newton dated from the early years of Hegel's career : in 1801 Hegel came to Jena with the encouragement of his old friend Schelling. Hegel secured a position at ...
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Does Darwin owe a debt to Hegel?

Darwin I should have thought that Darwin's theory of evolution does not recognise anything like an 'arc of history'; that evolution is not progressive, and that it moves with no purpose (cf. R.Dawkins,...
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Does Darwin owe a debt to Hegel?

The notion of evolution in the sense of different species descending from a common ancestor predates Hegel, Darwin's contribution was the theory of natural selection to explain how the process happens,...
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Hegel facing upto Orwell, in room 101

You're reading the Knox translation. Nisbet (the more recent Cambridge translation) translates as follows It is impossible to break into the inner conviction of human beings; it is inviolable, and ...
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How to study Hegel?

The question is a bit like asking "Where should I go on my first trip to China?" You should go, or start, wherever is easiest and most interesting to you. Whether you read Kojeve, or Hyppolite, or ...
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What philosopher said that knowledge is about discerning differences?

You may be referring to the motto extracted from Spinoza: Omnis determinatio est negatio, every determination is negation. As applied to knowledge, it means that we know something by knowing what it ...
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Was Hegel a major influence in analytic philosophy?

Yes, I believe Hegel has been treated largely with hostility or neglect in the analytic camp from the time Russell accused him "simple logical errors."Russell himself was originally steeped in Hegel, ...
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Do we know whether Hegel's Owl of Minerva is meant to be a present or future reference?

I am not sure how to prove a negative, it is unlikely that we will have it in Hegel's own words that he did not live at the end times. But the idea that Hegel saw his time as "the end of history&...
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According to Hegel, can the master misrecognise himself as the slave?

I think on a basic reading of the text, the master cannot misrecognize himself as the slave. It's important to realize a few things about the passage. Recognition is reflected recognition -- meaning ...
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Was Hegel a Neoplatonist?

The claim that Hegel stands in any line at the start of which is Plotinus looks highly suspect to me. I make just two points. In the first place, Hegel's Absolute or God, or One if one chooses that ...
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Can Hegel's theory of logic be formalized?

Hegel's logic has already been formalized by physicist and mathematician Urs Schreiber. However, there are likely only a few dozen people on earth who can understand it due to the formalization being ...
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Can Hegel be read and understood in translation, or must one read Hegel in German to comprehend it?

To get things out of the way, I wouldn't describe Hegel as an obscurantist (i.e., a philosopher or thinker committed to making his position obscure), but I would say he's very difficult to read. At ...
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Can Hegel be read and understood in translation, or must one read Hegel in German to comprehend it?

I think yes, of course it makes sense to read Hegel in translation. But reading it in English only and without guidance will not work. Think of the books of Hegel (and other contempory philosophers) ...
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Is German idealism ontological, epistemic, or something more abstract?

1) According to SEP, see http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant/#TwoObjInt, two different interpretations of Kant’s transcendental idealism exist: The two-object interpretation focus on ontology: ...
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Why is Nietzsche more frequently associated with Nazis than Hegel is?

The actual answer rests with the words of Adolf Hitler himself. Hitler openly declared his hostility against Hegel, and Hitler openly declared that Nietzsche was his favorite philosopher. (See ...
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What does Hegel think of Descartes' argument in Meditation 4?

Hegel comments negatively on this argument in Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion (vol 1. p. 227) It is frequently said that in his will man is infinite; while in his understanding, his power of ...
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Understanding Hegel on Free Will (or absence thereof)

Let's work through some things here: I get a second hand understand that Hegel wasn't too keen on the idea of free will. This is basically wrong. Or at least it's butchering things pretty badly on ...
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Questions concerning the Hegelian dialectic

The myth of thesis-antithesis-synthesis " Dialectic" does not for Hegel mean " thesis, antithesis, and synthesis." ... Hermann Glockner's reliable Hegel Lexikon (4 volumes, Stuttgart, 1935) ...
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How do logicians think about Hegel's logic

In a very compressed nutshell, modern logic is concerned with relations of implication, contradiction, independence and the like between propositions and predicates. In contrast Hegel's logic ...
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Why did Hegel consider Kant's definition of marriage crude and shameful?

Hegel didn't think family relationships should be viewed as essentially contractual (that is part of what makes them family, rather than civil-law or financial relationships) and conversely, he didn't ...
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Is Hegel's sublation a gateway to Deleuze's Difference and Repetition?

I'll consider that your question is two-fold, one relating to the relationship between Deleuze & Hegel, and secondly, the source of inspiration of Difference & Repetition. With regard to the ...
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