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Hegel has become notorious for the incredible obscurity of his writing. I am reading the back cover of Peter Singer's introduction to Hegel, where one can find a typical description of the non-specialist's impression.

Hegel has become a stock example of an obscure philosopher — a name to conjure with, but not someone whose work can be read and understood. Yet his importance is universally acknowledged, and we are still living in an intellectual climate decisively influenced by his ideas. (ISBN 0-19-287564-7)

However, it is probably best to read something written by Hegel to form your own opinion about his prose. A good place to start is the first couple of pages of the Introduction in the Phenomenology of Spirit.

Those who are not intimidated by the text face a further difficulty: Popular misconceptions or misleading caricatures of Hegel's work that abound even among academics unschooled in philosophy[1]. Despite being conspicuously debunked, these prejudices unjustly generate antipathy for Hegel's works. Crucial to the work of dispelling these myths has been Jon Stewart's The Hegel Myths and Legends (Jon Stewart, 1996) available at hegel.net and at marxists.org, which will be want to reviewed by neophytes of Hegel literature.

Essential Reading[edit | edit source]

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No. Title Author Date External URL
1Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel1830marxists.org
Overview of Hegel's main philosophical aims, view of his relation to other philosophical figures. 
2The Spirit of Christianity and its FateGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel1798marxists.org
Hegel's early theological application of his philosophical principles. 

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Please consider the following articles:

The Phenomenology of Spirit[edit | edit source]

The Phenomenology of Spirit (also translated as the Phenomenology of Mind) is widely acknowledged as one of Hegel's most significant contributions to philosophy (perhaps his most important work). It is a very interesting and complex book. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article on Hegel included a heroic attempt to summarize the Phenomenology which gives an idea of the far reaching implications of the work, from metaphysics to ethics and political philosophy.

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  1. Craig, E; Hoskin, M. (1992-08-03). "Hegel and the Seven Planets". articles.adsabs.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-30.