Title: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The phenomenology of spirit / Georg Wilhelm . 1 For the more detailed account of Hegel’s life, see T. P. Pinkard, Hegel: A. Ralph Blumenau immerses himself in a monumental biography of Hegel by Terry Pinkard. Don’t judge a book by its bibliography: George Steiner on Terry Pinkard’s biography of Hegel.

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He does an excellent job not just explaining what Hegel said but showing the tension and drama internal to his thought.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. His identification with the ideas of the reformers secured him appointments to professorships, first in Heidelberg to and then in Berlin to his death in With exposition covering the philosophy, art, history, politics of Hegel’s environment, the work is immensely vivid. Set up a giveaway. It would be fundamentally wrong to characterize the book as an apologetics for Hegel’s theory it is most certainly not that ; but structurally it clearly takes its brief from the series of objections to Hegel’s view that characterizes the most common view of Hegel and of his philosophy of history in particular.

In his preface to The Tempest Dr. Freedom, Truth and History.

These include not only philosophy itself but political theory, the study of law and legal institutions, aesthetics, the history and philosophy ehgel religion. Finally, at age forty six, he got appointed to a university professorship at Heidelberg.

Both Marxism and Sartrian existentialism derived their facticity, their suspicions of the immaterial, from Hegel’s stubborn realism, where ‘realism’ is, however, an inadequate term. And one final pinoard is the distinction between finite and infinite ends: The turbulent creativities of romanticism and reaction, incarnate in Napoleon, but also in Goethe and in Beethoven, give to Pinkard’s narrative its tidal motion.


Pinkard has separated his interpretations of the thought from his descriptions of the life An infinite end has no limit at which it has finally been accomplished.

This is an impressive work of scholarship and well worth the read. Though it was long, and at times tedious Hegel did not live a life filled with remarkably “extraordinary” personal eventsI would definitely recommend the book to those who, like me, have a difficult time grasping a philosopher’s work without also grasping a clearer picture of the context in which they lived their life. He outlines, with telling detail, the twofold background of revolution: On the other hand, it does create an extraordinarily readable text for the first pages, one designed above all to combat the dominant view that Hegel’s theory of history is ridiculous at best and pernicious at worst, a part of Hegel’s thought to be either outright ignored or at least hollowed out of any particular commitments to the understanding of particular places and times.


Add both to Cart Add both to List. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. But Hegel never took my breath away–as has practically every oth Formally this one should go on my biography shelf, but this work on Hegel’s career so helpfully addressed my own reading limitations that I have to count it as a work of philosophy.

Hegel was not a shrewd handler of his money When one puts these pieces together, one has the basic motor of historical change: The first chapter, “Preliminaries: Hegel’s favorite card game was whist. The kind of reform he and von Altenstein supported and for which he made a philosophical case was an enlightened and rational cameralism: But better late than never, and both the renewed interest and Pinkard’s contribution are welcome indeed. Even though that may be a fundamental mischaracterization of the non-European shapes of life Hegel discusses, both options were live in Hegel’s time for European life itself.


Analytic and positivistic philosophers, such as A.

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Terry Pinkard situates Hegel firmly in the historical context of his times. The Logic of Self-Conscious Animals,” summarizes and extends not only Pinkard’s conception of our “amphibian” nature from his Hegel’s Naturalismbut also equally serves as the best concise summary of the general trend of the post-Kantian research program begel the last decade or so.

In addition, Pinkard’s book comes at a time of renewed interest in Hegel’s philosophy of history from a variety of different directions, and so joins a chorus of voices rising to articulate the different forms of significance of Hegel’s treatment of pinkar. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. English Choose a language for shopping.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Unfortunately, there is no room in a short review to get into the details of Pinkard’s illuminating treatment of specific historical episodes and their relation to each other.