Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Hegel

Born on this day: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), known for Idealism, the dialectical process, the concept of Geist (Spirit or Mind), and more. Was he a pantheist? A panentheist? Or what?

In Thales to Dewey, Gordon Clark called him "the dominating genius of the 19th century," while Louis Pojman wrote that Hegel "became the most prominent Continental philosopher in the nineteenth century" and is "the pivotal philosopher between Kant and Marx" (Classics of Philosophy). The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy calls Hegel, "one of the most influential and systematic of the German idealists."

Hegel is not within my area of expertise as a philosopher, but it is his birthday today, so Happy Birthday, Hegel.

And might I add that he looks quite cheerful in the accompanying portrait.

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