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Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Volume 1: Greek Philosophy to Plato Paperback – June 28, 1995
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ATTENTION: pages 1-30 of the introduction are extremely important. They present Hegel's entire approach to philosophy and the evolution of his terminology; including the triad of: LOGIC; DIALECTIC; CONCRETION. Very nice extra bonus for the reader.
Initially he provides a short cursory coverage of Arabian and Jewish Philosophy in the middle Ages. His coverage of Jewish philosophy is inadequate, being restricted to a couple of pages on Maimonides. His short review of Arabian philosophy is not much better. His main focus then is on the early Church philosophers and the further development of metaphysics. He considers various topics of controversy during this period: (e.g., nominalism as opposed to the concept of realism).
The modern section begins with Bacon and Boehme. It is surprising how much material he devotes to the highly speculative and spiritualistic philosopher Boehme. Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, and Kant are afforded large sections, while others such as Hobbes, Berkley, Hume, etc., are passed over lightly.
Much of this material reflects Hegel’s thoughts that philosophy and theology are basically one and the same. But when Hegel wrote this was an assumed position of many; it would have to wait for the likes of Feuerbach, Nietzsche and others to seriously challenge the domination of theology on human reasoning.
After a lengthy introduction into his thoughts on philosophy and history in general, he devotes a brief opening section on Oriental Philosophy. He begins the first section on Greek history of philosophy with Thales and works his way through time down to the Cynics. There is little accurate information on the early Greek philosophers; much of it derived from Diogenes Laertius, and other secondary sources. Hegel manages to expand on his subject by bringing in helpful insights on what is known about Greek culture and interactions at the time of each philosopher under consideration.
Hegel's lecture, from which this is taken, is easier to follow than much of his written material, but still leaves much to be desire from the standpoint of clarity of expression.
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Bad copy. I got 94 pages into it and found duplicate leaves. The sheet with page 84 & page 85 is in the book twice; once where it should be and once where the leaf with pg 94 & pg... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jeremiah Leonard
I agree with the other positive reviewers, these are some of hegel's best works in english,the only problem I had wa I bought all three volumes and volume one is smaller in size to... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Thadius Lambert