This page features a collection of the best resources on Hegel. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Hegel. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article will be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 18,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Hegel:
“…Hegel attempted, throughout his published writings as well as in his lectures, to elaborate a comprehensive and systematic philosophy from a purportedly logical starting point. He is perhaps most well-known for his teleological account of history, an account that was later taken over by Marx and “inverted” into a materialist theory of an historical development culminating in communism…”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch The School of Life’s short video on Hegel [6:53 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Robert Wallace discuss The Mystery of Hegel of The Philosopher’s Zone podcast [24:30 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Hegel
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