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This is a major and comprehensive study of the philosophy of Hegel, his place in the history of ideas, and his continuing relevance and importance. Professor Taylor relates Hegel to the earlier history of philosophy and, more particularly, to the central intellectual and spiritual issues of his own time. He engages with Hegel sympathetically, on Hegel's own terms and, as t ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published September 26th 1975 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1975)
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Jacob Aitken
The Enlightenment Context
These thinkers (Descartes, Bacon, Hobbes) held to an atomistic view of man and society. They rejected the medieval worldview of "final causes" (4). The world was no longer seen as "symbol manifesting the rhythm of the divine" (5).

Modernity's epistemology is that of a "self-defining subject" (7).
First of all this implies a "control over things" (8). For example, nature/matter is now seen as "dead matter," able to be manipulated by the elite (Taylor does not draw this ou
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What exactly was Charles Taylor’s goal in this book? Chronologically this is a book that introduces the environment Hegel was born in, then discusses the philosophy of Hegel, in order of publication, and concludes with the typical chapter asking how Hegel is important today.

As far as placing Hegel in his setting, Taylor does a great job. Kant was the German zenith of Enlightenment philosophy, and many philosophers slightly before and after him attempted to wrestle against pure reason in a Romant
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as intermittently-reading
Shelves: canada-eh
PART I: Expressivism was a form of late 18th century German thought which sought to conceptualize a way to heal the Enlightenment rift between meaning and being. In act and expression did man self-realize himself; a subjectivity defining itself—via deed and gesture—in relation to that which unfolds within. Language and Art became the media through which this expression—meaning, being—is realized.

Espressivism sought:
A) to heal the Enlightenment/Cartesian duality of mind/body, spirit/nature which
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book on Hegel I've ever read. The one flaw: That Taylor often translates "geist" as god, which is a restrictive understanding of the term (it usually means "spirit", as in of a shared communal sort…there really isn't an english word for it). Overall, Taylor takes his skill for exhaustive analysis that is still eloquent and concise and applies it to one of the pillars of continental philosophy. If you have read Hegel's work and sense the reward in it but haven't quite accessed that rewar ...more
Maggie Roessler
So helpful. Cleanly slices through the concept. Taylor skips many minute details, but expresses the general point. Sacrifice accuracy for the sake of clarity? Perhaps, but at least this way you might have time to learn more than one thing before you die.
Arjun Ravichandran
DENSE, and thorough introduction to this irritating German thinker. Introduction really isn't the term because to get the most out of this book, you require a fairly strong background in philosophy, as well as the ability to maintain your concentration over 600 or so pages of hardcore metaphysics. So, I can't recommend this to an absolute beginner ; as I was finishing up, I learnt of another introductory book (An Introduction to Hegel by Stephen Houlgate) which seems to be written in much more a ...more
I read Hegel's Itinerary, Self-positing Spirit, The Dialectic of consciousness and Hegel Today.
Hegel is not easy to read for, so this book is an important commentary that clarifies some of his key concepts. I will be using this again when I study Hegel in more detail.
Interesting themes include: the Enlightenment's impact on Hegel, christian theology's impact on Hegel, Kant's influence on Hegel and how Hegel eventually broke away from him, Hegel's interest in unity and contradiction, the particu
Dale Muckerman
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting ideas, and provides god insights into Hegel and how Hegel relates to the modern world. Most of all this book made me interested in Charles Taylor as an insightful philosopher.
Megan Fritts
Taylor desperately wanted to make Hegel into a religious philosopher. The result is not overly convincing... especially when compared to Robert Solomon's masterful take on Hegel as a true humanist.
Christoph Engemann
probably the best book on hegel in english. I wish somebody would write a similar book on adorno in english. it is much needed!
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