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Hegel's landmark three-volume history of philosophy was initially published in English between 1892 and 1896. These are the only paperback editions currently available and contain a new introduction by scholar Frederick C. Beiser.
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"Hegel's Geschichte der Philosophie was one of the grand products of the renaissance in historical learning that took place in early nineteenth-century Germany. . . . Hegel remains relevant today for his recognition that any self-critical philosophy must include a knowledge of its own history. A self-aware philosopher, Hegel firmly believed, knew where his ideas came from and their social and cultural context. . . . This is still the only available translation of all three volumes of Hegel's history."—Frederick C. Beiser, The Fate of Reason: German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte
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“The main reason why Hegel will remain worthy of study lies in his incomparable gathering together of the whole range of human experience into vital connection with what is best in that experience. . . . He is, without doubt, the Aristotle of our post-Renaissance world.”—J. N. Findlay, Hegel: A Re-examination
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (June 28, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803272715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803272712
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 3 volume set on the history of philosophy is a presentation of that history as a contributor to "Hegelian " philosophy. Not a general text at all. But for those of us who adhere to Hegel's philosophy; it is a treasure. Volume one, of course honors Heraclitus; the true father of speculative thought and Plato's teacher. highly recommended to followers of hegel .

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.
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The third and final volume of Hegel’s Lectures on the History of philosophy concludes with Medieval and modern philosophy (at least up to the time of Hegel in the mid-19th century).

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.
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Hegel took an innovative position for his time as to history in general, by focusing on history being understood as a human progressive development cast into the society in which it needs to be understood. He comprehended the historian's task to be one of removing personal bias and current social norms from the interpretation of past events; an ideal he strove for but as we understand today - an impossible task. The introductory material by Beiser is a good clarification of some of these issues.

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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