Hegel Absolute Spirit Analysis

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Philosophy as a department of knowledge has evolved over time. If we look at the timeline of philosophical history, Modern Philosophy (1500-1900) seems to be the most prolific one. From Empiricists Locke, Berkeley, and Hume to Rationalists Descartes and Spinoza, to Romanticists and German Idealists Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche, there came many thinkers who dealt with topics such as reality, existence, knowledge, morality, and God. Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel, commonly known as Hegel, is arguably one of the greatest thinkers of all time, and one of the pioneers of German Idealism. Many people argue if Hegel had his own philosophy and suggest that he only had a method to understanding the progress of history. Nevertheless, Hegel had a unique approach to the Idealism of Spirit and the dialectic process, which he believed would lead to the development of more sophisticated views from the less sophisticated ones. Hegel believed that absolute consciousness was the key source of ultimate connections among all other things. For Hegel, Spirit is essentially the driving force for humans to seek greater awareness. Spirit is also what drives humans to be free and able to rationalize. He uses the term ‘world…show more content…
It is the historical process of human thought toward ever-greater awareness of the fundamental unity of all reality. Hegel suggested that to see how the absolute spirit discovers and expresses its own nature, we just need to observe the way in which the world spirit develops dialectically in three distinguishable arenas: art, religion, and philosophy (Redding). Among them, Hegel considers philosophy as the highest form of knowledge because in philosophy, the world spirit reflects on its own impact on history. It would not be wrong to say that philosophy is the mirror of the world spirit. Thus, absolute idealism emerges after empiricism and rationalism transcend through a dialectical
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