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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The struggle for recognition replaces the isolated conscience. The tortured genius may be a bit of a cliche, but the interestingly boring professor isn’t much of an alternative. Unfortunately, as Pinkard points out, whenever Hegel took up a university position, the cause for which he stood happened to be in retreat: Return to Book Page.

Jan 16, Willem van der Scheun rated it really liked it. He approved of the dismissal of a colleague, de Wette, for radicalism, but then urged that he should continue to receive his salary and, when the university refused, contributed to a secret annual fund to support him.

Hegel: A Biography by Terry P. Pinkard

Our notions of theory and of history, of logical arguments and aesthetic judgment, of academic pedagogy and society are permeated, directly or indirectly, by Hegelian values. Inevitably, a biography of Hegel is a saga of academic imbroglios and successive publications.

Hyperion rated it liked it Jun 15, Johnson comments on Shakespeare, ” As he was becoming an adult, patriotism, as it happened, French patriotism, was emerging as a force in the world for the very first time. To ask other readers questions about Hegelplease sign up. Successfully debunks some of the notorious Hegelian myths and presents Hegel as a person that, over pinkad course of the book, I came to admire even more than before.


He rejected liberalism on Rousseauist lines: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Get to Know Us. Like every great philosopher, Hegel changed some of his ideas in the course of his life. Even the anecdotes are long familiar. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

While others forged ahead, Hegel spent laborious, though innerly productive years, as a house tutor, school-teacher, journalist and man of political letters in a series of more or less marginal posts. It brings virtually nothing that pjnkard new or which has been unavailable to those capable of reading French and German.


At this point I’m on page it’s not exactly clear to me how Hegel fits into this picture. 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.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. The fourth and longest chapter deals with the heart of Hegel’s theory, namely his treatment of European modernity as a distinctive kind of historical phenomenon, pinmard the fifth and final chapter takes up the question of teleology most explicitly. Instead of following Hegel’s lectures in their chronological or textual order, the book tracks the major issues that lie in the background of the reception of Hegel’s philosophy of history.

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Hegel also glorified the Prussian state, claiming that it was God’s work The core of the infinite end is not any particular human need or structure, but only the abstract conception of subjectivity Hegel develops in the Logic.

When one puts these pieces together, one has the basic motor of historical change:. It is the philosopher who thinks concretely, because he transcends the limits of quotidian concepts, in order to understand their broader context. They wanted this because the French model suggested to them pibkard if the little kingdoms united into a nation it would hire secular philosophers to help determine policy and to provide the historical knowledge thought to be wise government’s most crucial source.


The kind of reform he and von Altenstein supported and for which he made a philosophical case was an enlightened and rational cameralism: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. As scholars interested in the interpretation of Hegel’s thought, the key point here pinard that Hegel is using these inaccurate descriptions of non-European forms of life as a way to argue against two views that have often been mistaken for Hegel’s own, i.

Pinkard’s concluding paragraph is worth quoting in full: Yet Pinkard shows how vividly he valued social contacts, the joy he took in theatre and opera and, above all, the almost childish delight this provincial universalist derived from his late visits to Holland and to France.

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.

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In my view the greatest value of Pinkard’s book is the implicit and sometimes explicit critique of both 20th-century analytic and continental philosophy that is threaded throughout his clarifying articulation of Hegel’s philosophy.