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La Raison dans L'histoire

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The three methods of writing history
Reason as the basis of history
The idea of history & its realization
The idea of freedom
The means of realization
The idea & the individual
The individual as subject of history
The individual as object of history
The State
The State as realization of the idea
Law as realization of freedom
The legal f
Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 13th 2003 by 10/18 (first published 1837)
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Petter Nordal
Nov 08, 2011 Petter Nordal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book messed with my mind: are people and leaders and armies and ideologies and politcal ideas and economics all shadow representations of ideas we generate as we live and breathe and act out history?
Anthony Buckley
Apr 08, 2009 Anthony Buckley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody interested in philosophy
I am pursuing, with some fortitude, a policy of reading some difficult books, starting with Hegel. This particular volume was collated by students from Hegel’s lectures on history. Hegel seems to think that history consists of God’s developing self-understanding. I have read enough Marx and Feuerbach, however, to be aware that Hegel is susceptible to the following criticism. God’s developing self-understanding consists largely of a developing human self-understanding. It is an argument that is d ...more
Luke Dubbelman
Apr 19, 2016 Luke Dubbelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really recommend this as a good introduction to Hegel's philosophy of history. I had attempted to read his larger work but was struggling through this and then found this copy of one of his lectures on the topic and devoured it in a couple days. Whether you agree with Hegel or not, you know when your reading him you are reading a great mind; and his work is incredibly influential still to this day.

Here are some quotes just skimmed off the top of this deep but short lecture:

"The sole thought
Dec 11, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a love/hate relationship with this book. For all of his talk of actuality and potentiality, I feel that Hegel's theories were somewhat unfulfilled, but that may be because I align with the Leftist and Young Hegelian interpreters of Hegel more than with the Rightist interpreters of Hegel. Hegel seemed to take the best of Aristotle and the worst of Plato and merge them together. At times I was saying "Yes, yes, yes. . ." and then I let out a long sigh or a frustrated "Noooo!" (Hegel can be s ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 07, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hegel fans
Recommended to Erik by: David Schweickart
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I read this book alongside Hegel's Philosophy of Right which had been assigned for Dave Schweickart's Social and Political Philosophy course taught at Loyola University Chicago during the second semester of 1980/1. Published posthumously and based on notes, Lectures on the Philosophy of History is not among Hegel's better works. It does, however, serve as a quick refresher.
Bob Nichols
Mar 27, 2010 Bob Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a nearly 100 page introduction to Hegel's "The Philosophy of History." In this introduction, Hegel traces the development of freedom (self-determination)through history, from its beginnings in inorganic matter, through the earliest life forms, and then to humanity (the rest of Hegel's "Philosophy of History" deals with the geographic development of freedom). God determines but is not Himself determined. Freedom is God's nature. God's freedom manifests itself in the material world an ...more
I read this in an alumni course as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago. In the introduction to his lectures, Hegel lays down the principles and aims which underlie his philosophy of history, and provides an outline of the philosophy of history itself. he discusses what it means to say "reason governs history". And he discusses the idea of freedom in both the political sense and the individual's self-knowledge. He deals with the importance (for him and his ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Yann rated it it was ok
J'ai trouvé ce cours assez difficile à lire. Hegel brosse une théorie suivant laquelle l'Histoire aurait un sens et suivrait un but. Il parle d'Esprit, de Raison, qui accomplirait son dessein en se servant des passions, des intérêt et des ambitions de grands hommes, lesquels pourraient être dégagés d'obligation morales du fait de la grandeur des buts qu'ils poursuivent. Il me semble que l'auteur est fasciné par la réussite du monde occidental et cherche à l'expliquer en prenant de la hauteur. Ma ...more
Every time I finish reading one of the philosophers for class, I am reminded about how glad I am that I decided to take German 56.

In this essay, Hegel approaches the topic of history and how history is reason. I love being able to compare his views on human progress and his visions of the future with Kant's, Mendelssohn's, Fichte's. It is so interesting to see how each philosopher builds off the predecessor and makes something new.

I never knew there could be so many ways to envision the world
Jul 11, 2008 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult read primarily because it was taken from Hegel's lecture notes. I found the first fifty pages the most valuable in this small monograph. It might be beneficial to read Hegel with tertiary source, although be careful because there are so many different kinds of Hegelians writing about Hegel.
Aug 29, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A interesting overview of Hegel's Philosophy of History as well as the additional translation of the introduction of Hegel's Philosophy of history. However, one could spend time on reading Hegel's actual book Philosophy of History which already includes much of what the author translated.
May 25, 2007 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good place to start for those new to Hegel.
Feb 02, 2008 Danny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hegel is confusing and wrong, but probably worth slogging through.
Sep 11, 2010 Nell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i would more consider myself a young hegelian. this presents itself more as theology than philosophy.
Christie Gribschaw
Ehh didn't really do anything for me, I'm not a fan of Hegel
A great introduction to Hegel's work. I am still thinking about his ideas on History, but it seemed that Hegel categorized it abstractly. It's hard to argue. I remember Kierkegaard and other philosophers disagreeing with him, do check them out. Hegel says, There's three methods of writing history.

a) Original
b) Reflective
c) Critical

He brings reason in making sense of history, as we try to understand it –– our way of making sense is using reason. Thus he establishes Reason as the basis of Histo
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German philosopher and one of the founding figures of German Idealism. Influenced by Kant's transcendental idealism and Rousseau's politics, Hegel formulated an elaborate system of historical development of ethics, government, and religion through the dialectical unfolding of the Absolute. Hegel was one of the most well-known historicist philosopher, and his thought presaged continental philosophy ...more
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