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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This is, moreover, more than the pinakrd of an often uneventful and cloistered existence. One of the most interesting themes of the book is the immense importance the reformers attached to the universities as the motor of enlightenment, reform and modernization; and within the universities, the principal task of promoting Bildung culture based on independent thought should fall upon the departments of philosophy. His lecture style, punctuated as always by its typical stutters, gasps, coughs, his pausing to flip through papers Hegel’s philosophy, which finessed contradiction, mirrored the contradictions in his life.

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What I specifically like about this book among the other Hegel books is Pinkard’s way of translating the unintelligible gobbeldy-gook into something I can digest. This will quickly become the standard biography of Hegel, and richly deserves to do so. Hegel is the last platform hrgel which the contemporary artist takes that leap into her own right while leaving the past behind. It was everything it promised to be, a thorough overview of Hegel’s life and a clear pinkatd of his thoughts, work and influence.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. There are few departments in the life of the mind untouched by Hegel’s influence and idiom. Anyone who wants to know what Hegel had to say, and why it is still important, could do no better than begin with this biography. ppinkard

So he had to be a tutor, edit a hwgel journal and then a newspaper, and then more or less a high school principal with teaching duties. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. His dialectic did not envisage that the Spirit of History was working towards national unification but, to be fair, he never claimed that the philosopher could be a prophet: The portrait that emerges wins sympathy and understanding.


Hegel: A Biography

Of course, if the examples are essentially misdescribed, the strength of Hegel’s argument with his contemporaries is substantially undermined.

Minutiae of professional intrigues, of the polemics between theological-political authorities and the nascent ideals of academic freedom, are Pinkard’s meat. Hegel also glorified the Prussian state, claiming that it was God’s work There are 75 pages of endnotes, in which virtually all of the work with Hegel’s texts and all of the interventions in the debates of the secondary literature are confined.

He had great pinkarr for those of his students who got into trouble for liberalism, and was yet very hostile to liberalism himself. He outlines, with telling detail, hege twofold background of revolution: Pinkard emphasizes the importance of Kant’s second critique for Hegel in writing the Phenomenology. Interestingly, the book is structured thematically more than historically.

The chapters exclusively concerned with philosophy are thrilling, the ones on Hegel’s career and domestic life tend to drag. Not one of these figures either in the bibliography or index. Published March 28th by Cambridge University Press first published To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Olga rated it really liked it Apr 04, I just couldn’t figure out why Hegel was such a big deal. That abstract conception is the necessary key to making sense of history, even though both the particular path taken by history and even the fact that it makes sense in light of that conception of subjectivity are contingent A Biography by Terry P.

In effect, Hegel was saying: Thanks to Pinkard I get why he’s such a big deal. There is also implicit in Pinkard’s articulation of Hegel a strong understanding of the limitations of 20th-century ‘continental’, phenomenological, or Heideggerian philosophy. Both Marxism and Sartrian existentialism derived their facticity, pinkagd suspicions of the immaterial, from Hegel’s stubborn realism, where ‘realism’ is, however, an inadequate term.


The Legacy of IdealismHegel’s Dialectic: On the other hand, it does create pinkardd 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 hegep hollowed out of any particular commitments to the understanding of particular places and times.

Why did it take so long? 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. All well and good. Such were the power and provocation of Hegel’s doctrines that hegeo have generated commentaries which are themselves classics of philosophic discourse.


This is a rare book, which could pass for popular biography but that contains first-class writing about philosophy and the history of ideas. But Hegel never took my breath away–as has practically every other major philosopher who I’ve been lucky enough to study at length.

This man had four names! The strength of this biography is that it shows how Hegel could combine sympathy for the early phases of the French Revolution and then for Napoleon with acting, at the very end of his life, as a government commissar to supervise the University of Berlin and therefore responsible for seeing that the University did not fall foul of the repressive Carlsbad Decrees to which the Prussian government subscribed.

No wonder that, even in his life-time, the Reformers with whom Hegel identified himself in many respects, thought he had sold out to the conservatives. He was well aware that the old corporate bodies could also be selfish and particularist, and he never solved the problem of how to get them to merge their own interests in those of the state. A new era, however, was at hand, an era of radical critique and positive knowledge.

Bravo to Pinkard who’s work here is nothing short of fantastic, an honestly splendid read. Jan 16, Willem van der Scheun rated it really liked it. The kind of reform he and von Altenstein supported and for which he made a philosophical case was an enlightened and rational cameralism: Successfully debunks some of the notorious Hegelian myths and presents Hegel as a person that, over the course of the book, I came to admire even more than before.

On the surface Hegel may appear somewhat similar to Spinoza.