Lectures on the Philosophy of World History

Lectures on the Philosophy of World History

Paperback Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics

By (author) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Translated by Hugh Barr Nisbet, Introduction by Duncan Forbes


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  • Format: Paperback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521281458
  • ISBN 13: 9780521281454
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 385,446

Product description

An English translation of Hegel's introduction to his lectures on the philosophy of history, based directly on the standard German edition by Johannes Hoffmeister, first published in 1955. The previous English translation, by J. Sibree, first appeared in 1857 and was based on the defective German edition of Karl Hegel, to which Hoffmeister's edition added a large amount of new material previously unknown to English readers, derived from earlier editors. In the introduction to his lectures, Hegel lays down the principles and aims which underlie his philosophy of history, and provides an outline of the philosophy of history itself. The comprehensive and voluminous survey of world history which followed the introduction in the original lectures is of less interest to students of Hegel's thought than the introduction, and is therefore not included in this volume.

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This translation provides for the first time a reliable English version of that portion of Hegel's work which Hegel himself seems to have regarded as a popular introduction to his philosophy as a whole, and which remains the most readable and accessible of all his philosophical writings.

Table of contents

Introduction Duncan Forbes; Translator's preface; Introduction; Preface; First draft; Second draft; Appendix; Notes; Index of names; Index of subjects.