Birth of German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedich Hegel Hot

Birth of German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedich Hegel

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is born in Stuttgart, Germany.

Through his method of dialectical logic, Georg Hegel will develop a philosophy of idealism centered on the concept of an Absolute.

According to Hegel, human culture is actually just a manifestation of the self-consciousness of the Absolute. Indeed, he will argue that the whole of reality is an expression of the Absolute, something he also calls Absolute Spirit.

Thus, he contradicts traditional Christian doctrine which holds that God is separate and distinct from the universe. Instead, he will argue that there wouldn't even be a God if there were not a universe through which God could be expressed.

Because this fundamental principle is pure thought, Hegel's philosophy is a part of the tradition of idealism. Because this fundamental principle is a single substance, Hegel's philosophy is also a form of monism.


Hegel: History And Historicism

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