Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He was educated at Tubingen seminary, and was fascinated by the works of Kant and by the French Revolution.

Hegel's works are well known for their difficulty, and for their the breadth of the topics they attempt to cover. Hegel introduced a system for understanding the history of philosophy (an of the world itself) as a progression of thesis, antithesis, synthesis. Hegel used this system to explain the whole of the history of philosophy and religion, but many contemporary critics point out that Hegel often seem to gloss over the realities of history in order to fit it into his dialectical mold.

Major Works:

Phenomenology of Spirit
Science of Logic
Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Outline

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