Where Does Hegel’s Philosophy Come From?


The answer is fairly simple: close reading of the history of philosophy. Reading Hegel’s lectures on the history of philosophy (of which there is still not modern English translation, only an old version republished with new covers and a volume of “important bits”) makes this point also fairly obvious. Hegel’s comments regarding his own philosophy are found throughout the lectures. For example, when he gets to Heraclitus, he says quite clearly that “es ist kein Satz des Heraklit, den ich nicht in meine Logik aufgenommen.” [Werke, 18:320]. Most of the discussions related to Greek philosophy ends up in some middle between the philosophical views of those under investigation and Hegel’s own views. Reading his reflections on, say, Xeno or Heraclitus while also reading the first sections of the Logic (Sein – Das Dasein – Das Fürsichsein) is rather informative.

6 thoughts on “Where Does Hegel’s Philosophy Come From?

  1. A colleague of mine has written something making similar links between the early parts of the Lectures and the Logik. I can send you the link when it’s published.

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