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German philosopher who proposed that truth is reached by a continuing dialectic. His major works include "Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences" (1817) and "The Philosophy of Right" (1821). Quote: "It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: 'Is it true in and for itself?'" (Add picture)

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fb61200893 (0)
Only revered by those who don't understand him. I appreciate his introspection, but that is it. His philosophy was full of flaws, worthless, and a steaming pile of poo (and I have read it - the original). He wasn't the genious everyone made out. I think i might become a philosopher. If Hegel can do it then I definitely can. Hopefully I won't set up a model for authoritarianism in the process. Goddam awful.

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rockerrreds (7)
Difficult but worth the effort.

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sld31879 (0)
Did not put forward thesis/antithesis/synthesis. Instead the dialectic involves determinate negation; that is if you know A is false you don't just know not A but have some idea of a B that would meet the defects in idea A, but once you have B you find defects in it, which leads to C and so on. New conception involves the positive aspects of old conceptions and is more complete, best metaphor is that it is on a higher plane. Center left politically, a nationalist in a sense but staunchly against anti-semitism. However, is probably a racist by modern standards. Often laughably wrong, but sometimes brilliant and an important philosopher who is once again getting his due in the English speaking world.

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gicau (0)
Believed he solved nearly all philosophical problems while lying awake at night writing a theis (on his left mental screen),an anti-thesis(on his right mental screen), then eliminate controdictions and adding creative insite forming a synthisis. Genius Lutheran who made massive prayer experiments showing their efficiency, he said 'the only way to know God is through meditation', improved the education system, but I don't like his extreme-nationalism and 'order by terror' Hegal is ussually mislabeled an Athiest or Panthiest (yet he belived in a fully immanent and trancendent creator he called the Abosolute Spirit), falsely labled a Marxist (yet he rejected all Socialist ideals. Marx used his hard-line ideas but wrote books againt him). His politics although has some center wing ideal like free-speech is mostly derived from the Ultra-nationalism of his hero Napolean Bonaparte and the far right ecconomics of Fichte. Although an anti-racist, his system adding racism was tried by the Nazi's

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Ruby (16)
I'll admit up front that I don't know much about Hegel, but was recently thinking that this whole thesis/antithesis idea seems like crap to me. There is certainly a grain of truth in it -- social phenomena trigger reactions, which leads to some tug-of-war type battles between people with different interests or perspectives. But the more I think about it, this seems like one of these tautological constructs that can take any evidence and make it fit the model. And it leads to a wrong-headed sort of determinism (which obviously caused havoc in the hands of Marx), when in reality the kind of "anti-thesis" that emerges is never preordained, but depends on the judgment and effort of individual humans. There's a famous story of how Churchill was struck by a taxi sometime in the mid-1930s while in the U.S. - he was alright, but if he'd lived, certainly the manner in which the world responded to nazism would have been different, and led to a different synthesis in the end. Maybe this is a superficial reading of Hegel by a guy who actually never read him, but I've gotta give a "2" based on my cliff notes understanding of his work.

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