This page features a collection of the best resources on Hegel. Just to be clear, there is no single best resource on Hegel. The best one will depend on your preferred learning style and the amount of time you want to spend learning about him.
To get started, simply choose one of the links below:
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…
Hegel’s own pithy account of the nature of philosophy given in the Preface to his Elements of the Philosophy of Right captures a characteristic tension in his philosophical approach and, in particular, in his approach to the nature and limits of human cognition. “Philosophy”, he says there, “is its own time comprehended in thoughts” (PR: 21).
On the one hand we can clearly see in the phrase “its own time” the suggestion of an historical or cultural conditionedness and variability which applies even to the highest form of human cognition, philosophy itself. The contents of philosophical knowledge, we might suspect, will come from the historically changing contents of its cultural context. On the other, there is the hint of such contents being raised to some higher level, presumably higher than other levels of cognitive functioning such as those based in everyday perceptual experience, for example, or those characteristic of other areas of culture such as art and religion. . . .”
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]
Unfortunately, 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
For more introductory philosophy resources and reading lists check out this collection of Resources and Reading Lists.