Georg Hegel

Philosopher

Born: 27 August 1770
Died: 14 November 1831
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Best known as: Metaphysical philosopher who came up with the idea of the dialectic
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was one of the most influential western philosophers of the 19th century. While a professor in Heidelberg and Berlin he wrote his most famous works, The Phenomenology of the Mind (1806), The Science of Logic (1812) and The Philosophy of Right (1821). Hegel was dubbed an "Absolute Idealist" because his metaphysical system posited that reality is the result of a historical process whose ultimate end is an understanding of the essence of existence, or "the Absolute." This process he called the dialectic: an evolution toward progress that springs out of conflict. (This give-and-take notion is now often called the Hegelian Dialectic.) Hegel also wrote about ethics, religion and politics, and his philosophical system influenced the theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Copyright © 1998-2014 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

More on Georg Hegel from Fact Monster:

  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich , 1770–1831, German ...
  • Georg Hegel - Biography of Georg Hegel, Metaphysical philosopher who came up with the idea of the dialectic
Warning: fsockopen(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /site/html/include/amazon.php on line 71 Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to :3128 (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known) in /site/html/include/amazon.php on line 71

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.