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Hegel's Lectures on the History of Philosophy - Volume 1

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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. . .He himself is spiritual, in what is spiritual? and is not the ruler over or in the spiritual region higher than a ruler over or in Nature? But is that admiration of God as revealed in natural things as such, in trees and animals as opposed to what is human, far removed from the religion of the ancient Egyptians, which derived its knowledge of what is divine from the ibis, or from cats and dogs? or does it differ from the deplorable condition of the ancient and the modern Indians, who held and still hold cows and apes in reverence, and are scrupulously concerned for the maintenance and nourishment of these animals, while they allow men to suffer hunger; who would commit a crime by removing[67] the pangs of starvation through their slaughter or even by partaking of their food?

It seems to be expressed by such a view that human action as regards Nature is ungodly; that the operations of Nature are divine operations, but what man produces is ungodly. But the prod. . . Read More

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I have read quite a number of histories of Greek philosophy. Each one has given me a different perspective. An academic is likely to rehearse this material many times over years and even decades. A general reader needs histories like this one to help build the dense network of associations necessary

1) Thales (all water)
2)Anaximander (infinitude)
3) Anaximenes (all air)
Pythagoreans: Unity, Duality, Triads. Musical Octaves based on 1:2 ratio.
1) Xenophanes: One God, the Absolute
2) Parmednides: Being is Existing
3) Zeno: How can one ever get to the finish line if they

Hegel is a lot to take. Your would think that 'the Idea' had been figured out circa 1830 or so, when Hegel was at his peak, and the 'science' of philosophy had been settled all those many years ago. The rest is history, right?

Well. But this is only one facet of Hegel, which includes a lot of great s

(It seems that old Yugoslavian edition (1st volume) is only from Thales to Anaxagoras. Maybe Goodreed's editions are not compatible with that one I read; anyway I decided to write review as they are the same and I will end up with Anaxagoras.)

After reading many overviews about history of philosophy,

El buen Hegel, es una historia sencilla, con las limitaciones de la época para discernir los textos auténticos aunque hace un gran recorrido de la filosofía y resume filosofía de otras culturas.

I may have put off reading Hegel’s History of Philosophy too long, regarding it (along with his Philosophy of History) as minor works derived from lecture notes rather than actual published works. I think his History of Philosophy is a great contribution to his conception of philosophy, complementin

Some brilliant ideas and amazing insight but not at all light reading. Hegel also has a habit of repeating himself which can become tiring. Definitely worth reading though.

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