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Hegel: Philosophy in an Hour [Kindle Edition]

Paul Strathern

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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Hegel in just one hour.

With Hegel philosophy became very difficult indeed – even the great man himself conceded that ‘only one man understands me, and even he does not.’ His dialectical method produced the most grandiose metaphysical system known to humanity, and included absolutely everything, its most vital element being the dialectic of the thesis, antithesis and synthesis. This method arose from Hegel’s ambition to overcome the deficiencies of logic and ascend towards Mind as the ultimate reality. His view of history as a process of humanity’s self-realisation ultimately inspired Marx to synthesise his philosophy of dialectical materialism.

Here is a concise, expert account of Hegel’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Hegel’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Hegel in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 192 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; ePub ed edition (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4F246
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Beginners Only 26 Jun. 2013
By James M. Baird - Published on
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This book delivers on its promise since it can easily be read in an hour.
It also gives a decent picture of Hegel the man, along with the rudiments of Hegel's thought.
Unfortunately, it goes off the rails by ridiculing Hegel's (admittedly) difficult prose style.
Whatever one thinks of Hegel's philosophy, he was hugely influential on 19th- and 20th-Century
thought and politics. His theory of dialectics (crudely summarized by the phrase "Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis")
and his views on history can be found at work in fields as diverse as biblical criticism and Soviet Marxism.

So, read this book to get your bearings, then read a more detailed and respectful treatment. This reviewer
recommends Frederic Copleston as a trustworthy guide through the history of philosophy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have degrees in philosophy and did my Senior Thesis ... 18 Sept. 2014
By Steven J. Katz - Published on
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I have degrees in philosophy and did my Senior Thesis on Hegel. This is not an accurate coverage of his philosophy and does not reflect Hegel's depth. Even given the short treatment format, it is misleading in many ways.
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