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Introduction to the Philosophy of History: with selections from The Philosophy of Right (Hackett Classics)

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. . . as felicitous as a translation of Hegel can be --H. S. Harris, York University



An elegant and intelligent translation. The text provides a perfect solution to the problem of how to introduce students to Hegel in a survey course in the history of Western philosophy. --Graham Parkes, University of Hawaii

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Library Binding: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (June 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872200574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872200579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Format: Paperback
The translation is wonderful, and the additional introduction by the translator and selections from Hegel's Philosophy of Right are a nice bonus. Whether or not you agree with Hegel's ideas (they are rather unconventional, which makes them all the more interesting) the text is likely the most straightforward of his notoriously obscure and abstract works, hence the ideal place to begin a study of Hegel's philosophy and Rauch's translation makes it a smooth entry for those willing to take the time. Despite what one of the other reviewers may think (won't say who) I feel many, many teachers of philosophy would probably agree; they would definitely agree that Hegel was a huge influence on philosophy in the 19th century and anybody interested in the history of philosophy (and the philosophy of history, for that matter) cannot ignore this work.
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Introduction to the Philosophy of History is a short posthumous publication of Hegel's lecture notes pertaining to the nature of history (There are several similar publications of Hegel notes, e.g. The History of Philosophy, The Philosophy of Art. Georg Hegel was one of the most popular and influential German idealists of the ninetieth century. This short book (approximately 100 pages also includes an excerpt from the The Philosophy of the Right. I offer the following thoughts to potential readers.

Rauch's translation is readable and makes Hegel about as accessible as he gets. Generally, my view is that readers should interact with historic thinkers through their own work - with Hegel this can be frustrating given his style. His use of ambiguous metaphysical terminology such as "the World Spirit" and his teleological or progressive view of history may be difficult for the contemporary reader. As a result, an overview German idealism may be helpful before approaching Hegel directly.

Personally, German idealism has always struck me as a somewhat tedious and uninteresting aspect of modern philosophy. Reading this short work was an attempt on my part to re-examine this period and challenge my assumptions - unfortunately it has only reinforced my earlier impressions. Depending on one's perspective Hegel either represents the zenith or nadir of German idealism. While there is no doubt that Hegel was an able thinker much of his written work comes across as empty and highly speculative. Although I am not a positivist Hegel's type of sophistry likely contributed to the appeal of analytical philosophy in the early twentieth century. To be fair to Hegel, however, his work did influence some significant later thinkers such as Marx and may be worth a look for that reason alone.

Overall, probably only for readers well versed with Hegel. For those interested in a survey of German Idealism, Pinkard's German Philosophy 1760-1860 is a solid book.
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Shame on any teacher who can not think of anyone better to require (force) their students to study. What a waste of time for students to read such FANTASY in a philosophy class, it is really more SCI-FI; I do not care if this guy was a notable philosopher at some point, centuries past, Hegel was at least EXTREAMLY strange and possible crazy.
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