Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Volume 2: Plato and by G. W. F. Hegel

By G. W. F. Hegel

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E. S. Haldane, Frances H. Simon (trs.); Frederick C. Beiser (ed.)

G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831), the influential German thinker, believed that human heritage used to be advancing spiritually and morally in response to God's goal. firstly of Lectures at the historical past of Philosophy, Hegel writes: "What the historical past of Philosophy indicates us is a succession of noble minds, a gallery of heroes of suggestion, who, by means of the facility of cause, have penetrated into the being of items, of nature and of spirit, into the Being of God, and feature received for us via their labours the top treasure, the treasure of reasoned knowledge."

Volume 2 of Lectures at the heritage of Philosophy, titled Plato and the Platonists for this Bison Books variation, introduces the main well known disciple of Socrates and the idea of Platonic types ahead of relocating to Plato's disciple, Aristotle, whose develop to medical considering is punctiliously targeted. the next expanding systematization and class of philosophy ends up in a dialogue of the Stoics, Epicureans, and Sceptics. the 1st interval within the historical past of philosophy involves adulthood with Plotinus within the 3rd century B.C.


"Hegel's Geschichte der Philosophie was once one of many grand items of the renaissance in ancient studying that came about in early nineteenth-century Germany. . . . Hegel is still suitable this day for his attractiveness that any self-critical philosophy needs to comprise an information of its personal historical past. A self-aware thinker, Hegel firmly believed, knew the place his principles got here from and their social and cultural context. . . . this is often nonetheless the one on hand translation of all 3 volumes of Hegel's history."—Frederick C. Beiser, The destiny of cause: German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte
(Frederick C. Beiser)

“The major this is because Hegel will stay useful of research lies in his incomparable accumulating jointly of the full diversity of human event into important reference to what's most sensible in that have. . . . he's, absolutely, the Aristotle of our post-Renaissance world.”—J. N. Findlay, Hegel: A Re-examination
(J. N. Findlay Hegel: A re-evaluation)

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3 Here, then, we again see that Plato does not take simplicity as the simplicity of a thing—not as if it were of anything like a chemical ingredient, for example, which can no longer be represented as inherently distinguished; this would only be empty, abstract identity or universality, the simple as an existent.  18–23).  41).  46–51).  40, 41) what kind of heaven this would be.  74–80).  111–120). e.  Such ideas as that mind determines the good from out of itself are to us much more familiar than to Plato; but it was by Plato that they were first maintained.

348, 349).  But Plato made no such statement whatever; what he here says has nothing to do with Philosophy, and more particularly nothing to do with his philosophy, any more than what afterwards is said regarding God.  Plato's principal effort is, however, to show through this assertion of recollection, that the mind, the soul, thought, is on its own account free, and this has to the ancients, and particularly to the Platonic idea, a close connection with what we call immortality of the soul.  To Plato the immortality of the soul is hence likewise of great importance.

The previous philosophies thus do not disappear because refuted by Plato, being absorbed in him.

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