By right of birth, and for one time at least, these are problems put to philosophy as problems philosophy cannot resolve. If God is to be truly infinite, truly unlimited, then God cannot be ‘a being’, because ‘a being’, that is, one being (however powerful) among others, is already limited by its relations to the others. Start with "Economics in One Lesson." According to Hegel, history is the story of the 'world spirit' gradually coming to consciousness of itself. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. What is God, then? The following are my thoughts about this issue, based mostly on Hegel’s Science of Logic (1812-1814), which is his central work in philosophical theology. To him, freedom is the insight into necessity. Knox, When we look at the world rationally, the world looks rationally back. The first is that there’s a sense in which finite things like you and me fail to be as real as we could be, because what we are depends to a large extent on our relations to other finite things. For Hegel that sense of individual particularity is intrinsic to the modern moral order. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, God is, as it were, the sewer into which all contradictions flow. Enjoy reading and share 100 famous quotes about Hegel with everyone. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The more certain our knowledge the less we know. The God who is fully self-determining because he (she, it) isn’t defined by ‘not being’ anything else, is intimately involved in every living thing, as its capacity for self-determination. Hegel claimed that the 'world spirit' is developing toward an ever-expanding knowledge of itself. We’re more fully real, in such a case, because we ourselves are playing a more active role, through thought, than we play when we simply let ourselves be driven by our current desires. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Hegel believed that the basis of human cognition changed from one generation to the next. As a result, there have been few commentators who’ve had enough sympathy for it to lay it out in a way that makes it seem attractive. There is one major modern philosopher who deals extensively with the issue of God and who should have been taken into account in these recent discussions, but hasn’t been. It meant, rather, that there would be no further progress in the development of underlying principles and institutions, because all of the really big questions had been settled. Then Marx. Part of that external reality is property. (p. 155) — Jerry Z. Muller, This is a book about texts as well as their authors, it is not a textbook so much as a context book and a pretext book, concerned with settings and motives as well as the works themselves. — Christopher Hitchens, French philosopher whom professional philosophers generally accord highest honors is Descartes. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please, In the debate about God that has been stirred up by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett, writers regularly refer to certain famous philosophers. Harris, The History of the world is not the theatre of happiness. Putting these two points together, Hegel arrives at a substitute for the conventional conception of God that he criticized. — Arthur Schopenhauer, The neo-conservative critics of leftist critics of mass culture ridicule the protest against Bach as background music in the kitchen, against Plato and Hegel, Shelley and Baudelaire, Marx and Freud in the drugstore. © Philosophy Now 2020. — Herbert Marcuse, Contemporary philosophy illustrates Hegel's dictum that philosophy is its own time apprehended in thought, for in our age philosophy yields to the objectifying technical impulse and loses its ancient task of pursuing the Socratic ideal of the wisdom of the examined life. This is because love seeks what’s truly Good for those it loves, and therefore it has to ask the question, what is truly Good? Dialectic as the Fundamental Pattern of Thought. The ceaseless activity of their own inherent nature makes these stages moments of an organic unity, where they not merely do not contradict one another, but where one is as necessary as the other; and constitutes thereby the life of the whole. So we need to stretch the limits of our ordinary language, which is pretty much designed for talking about limited ‘things’ like ourselves. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion. It's a hopelessly optimistic quote. Hegel in fact lectured extensively on traditional religion, seeking to show how his philosophy captures what believers really care about. I hope something else is evident from what I’ve outlined, as well as from the poets, mystics, and other philosophers I listed, and from the people you undoubtedly know who resonate with their writings. Plato’s dialogues offer the prime example. Argue. For his part, Hegel explains that inner freedom leads to love of others – this is a part of Plato’s argument that Hegel spells out more fully than Plato did – because attempts to be free independently of others necessarily fail. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government. — Darrin M. McMahon, All that is real is reasonable, and all that is reasonable is real. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature. It is inevitable; just ask Nietzsche (eternal return) or Hegel (history repeats itself) or James McCourt (history repeats itself like hiccups). — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the beauty of nature appears only as a reflectin of the beauty,that belongs to spirit, as an imperfect incomplete mode [of beauty],a mode which in its substance is contained in the spirit itself"*hegel — T.M. The thoughts that are washed along with the current of past tradition, as well as the material conditions prevailing at the time, help to determine how you think.