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For the Hegel of It

Best Last Words Department:
"Only one man ever understood me. And he really didn't understand me."
Georg Wilhelm Hegel (1770-1831)
Hegel was a German philosopher whose works place ultimate reality in ideas rather than in things and use dialectic to comprehend an absolute idea behind phenomena.


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Blogger Bela said...

Oh, I remember studying the guy. That's all I remember. LOL! If you don't keep on studying that kind of thing, you forget it all. In fact, a few years ago, I came across an essay I wrote (in 1967) about Sartre's L'Etre et le NĂ©ant, and for which I got quite a high mark (at the Sorbonne, no less - Stop showing off, Bela!) and I couldn't understand one word of it.

At school, all - absolutely all - of our essays had to be constructed in the dialectical way.

Poor Hegel - feeling like an adolescent to the last. LOL!

8:08 AM

Blogger mireille said...

I'm impressed ... all I remember is Hegel and Kant, Hegel and Kant ... nothing about their work ... just the names. So when I saw the Last Words (which I like for unrelated reasons), I had to backtrack and look up what he did. Why? You may ask. And so you should. xoxo

11:16 AM

Blogger Bela said...

I don't remember anything about his work either; I just remember 'studying' him. LOL!

Realizing one was much much cleverer so many years ago is rather worrying.

Of course you had to look him up: it's natural. :-)

6:25 AM

Blogger katiedid said...

Sigh. This is why I prefer Wittgenstein, and think everyone should study him first and then mentally fiddle around with everyone else. But of course, as everyone and their dog knows, I prefer the plain language essays of Bertrand Russell pretty much to the exclusion of every other philosopher nowadays.

7:39 PM

Blogger mireille said...

katie, you Wittgenstein lover! xoxo

8:51 PM


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