Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

By Prof. John E. Smith
Read by Charlton Heston

The Giants of Philosophy Series

2.10 Hours 01/18/2006 unabridged
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Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel’s vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves. Hegel viewed history as the growth of human consciousness, which is also the emergence of freedom. He thought that progress takes the form of the “dialectic,” a historical process that moves us, through struggle and contradiction, to a higher stage of development. The Giants of Philosophy series is a collection of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall outlook of the world’s great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations give you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel’s vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves. Hegel viewed history as the growth of human consciousness, which is also the emergence of freedom. He thought that progress takes the form of the “dialectic,” a historical process that moves us, through struggle and contradiction, to a higher stage of development.

The Giants of Philosophy series is a collection of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall outlook of the world’s great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations give you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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Author Bio: John E. Smith

John E. Smith (1921–2009) taught at Yale for nearly forty years. Among his many publications are Reason and God, The Spirit of American PhilosophyThemes in American PhilosophyRoyce’s Social Infinite, and Quasi-Religions: Hinduism, Marxism, Nationalism. He was a major contributor to contemporary philosophy, and several books have been written about his life and works.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 2.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English