Lectures on the History of Philosophy - Vol. 3

Lectures on the History of Philosophy - Vol. 3

Lectures on the History of Philosophy - Vol. 3

Lectures on the History of Philosophy - Vol. 3

Synopsis

'Hegel's Geschichte der Philosophie was one of the grand products of the renaissance in historical learning that took place in early nineteenth-century Germany-Hegel remains relevant today for his recognition that any self-critical philosophy must include a knowledge of its own history.

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The first period embraces a space of one thousand years-- from Thales, 550 B.C., to Proclus, who died 485 A.D., and until the disappearance of pagan philosophy as an outward institution, 529 A.D. The second period extends to the sixteenth century, and thus again embraces a thousand years, to pass over which we must provide ourselves with seven-leagued boots. While Philosophy has hitherto found its place in the religion of the heathen, from this time on it has its sphere within the Christian world; for Arabians and Jews have only to be noticed in an external and historic way.

Through the Neo-Platonic philosophy we have come into quite familiar acquaintance with the Idea of Christianity, as the new religion which has entered into the world. For the Neo-Platonic philosophy has as its essential principle the fact that the Absolute is determined as spirit in a concrete way, that God is not a mere conception. Although the Absolute is Thought, it mast, in order to be true, be concrete in itself and not abstract; in what we have just seen we have, then, the first appearance of the . . .

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