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With Hegel, philosophy became very difficult indeed. His dialectical method
produced the most grandiose metaphysical system known to man. Even Hegel conceded
that "only one man understands me, and even he does not." Hegel's system included
absolutely everything, but its most vital element was the dialectic of the thesis, antithesis,
and synthesis. This method sprang from Hegel's ambition to overcome the deficiencies of
logic and ascended toward mind as the ultimate reality. His view of history as a process of
humanity's self-realization ultimately inspired Marx to synthesize his philosophy of dialectical
In Hegel in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Hegel's life and ideas
and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The
book also includes selections from Hegel's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those
who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Hegel within his own age and in the
broader scheme of philosophy.
Paul Strathern earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. A Somerset Maugham prize winner, he has written books on history, philosophy, and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. He lives and writes in London.
Earphones Awards recipient Robert Whitfield was born in England and worked for the BBC for ten years as a radio news announcer and also worked as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audiobooks, he involves himself in numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.
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