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 was once advancing spiritually and morally in keeping with God's objective. in the beginning of Lectures at the background of Philosophy, Hegel writes: "What the background of Philosophy indicates us is a succession of noble minds, a gallery of heroes of idea, 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 gained for us through their labours the top treasure, the treasure of reasoned knowledge."

Volume 2 of Lectures at the historical past of Philosophy, titled Plato and the Platonists for this Bison Books version, introduces the main well known disciple of Socrates and the idea of Platonic kinds sooner than relocating to Plato's disciple, Aristotle, whose enhance to medical pondering is thoroughly specified. the following 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.

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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.  Plato has defined this universal content as Idea. '' This is the distinction which forms the basis of Plato's philosophy, and which came to be known from his writings.  We now wish to consider the philosophy of Plato more in detail in accordance with these three different points of view. ).  But contrasted with merely external reality, it is rather the ideal that is the most real, and it was Plato who perceived that it was the only real, for he characterized the universal or thought as the true, in opposition to what is sensuous.

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

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.  Plato has defined this universal content as Idea. '' This is the distinction which forms the basis of Plato's philosophy, and which came to be known from his writings.  We now wish to consider the philosophy of Plato more in detail in accordance with these three different points of view. ).  But contrasted with merely external reality, it is rather the ideal that is the most real, and it was Plato who perceived that it was the only real, for he characterized the universal or thought as the true, in opposition to what is sensuous.

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