Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

1770 - 1831

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (; German: [ˈɡeːɔʁk ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈheːɡl̩]; 27 August 1770 – 14 November 1831) was a German philosopher considered one of the most important figures in German idealism. He is one of the fundamental figures of Western philosophy, with his influence extending to the entire range of contemporary philosophical issues, from aesthetics to ontology to politics, both in the analytic and continental tradition.Hegel's principal achievement was his development of a distinctive articulation of idealism, sometimes termed absolute idealism, in which the dualisms of, for instance, mind and nature and subject and object are overcome. His philosophy of spirit conceptually integrates psychology, the state, history, art, religion and philosophy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel has received more than 4,030,297 page views. His biography is available in 119 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 116 in 2019). Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is the 17th most popular philosopher (down from 15th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Germany (up from 12th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Philosopher.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is most famous for his dialectical philosophy, which is a system of thought that moves through thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.

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Among philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ranks 17 out of 1,089Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli, Augustine of Hippo, John Locke, Francis Bacon, Pythagoras, and Thomas Aquinas. After him are Montesquieu, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Hobbes, Epicurus, Heraclitus, and Baruch Spinoza.

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Among people born in 1770, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ranks 2Before him is Ludwig van Beethoven. After him are Frederick William III of Prussia, Friedrich Hölderlin, William Wordsworth, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Louis-Nicolas Davout, François Gérard, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, Manuel Belgrano, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, and Anton Reicha. Among people deceased in 1831, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ranks 1After him are Carl von Clausewitz, James Monroe, Sophie Germain, Napoléon Louis Bonaparte, Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich of Russia, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Achim von Arnim, Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf, Emilia Plater, Charles Felix of Sardinia, and August Neidhardt von Gneisenau.

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Among people born in Germany, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ranks 11 out of 5,289Before him are Karl Marx (1818), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Albrecht Dürer (1471), and Otto von Bismarck (1815). After him are Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), Peter Paul Rubens (1577), Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777), Max Weber (1864), and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ranks 2Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844). After him are Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), Hannah Arendt (1906), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), and Walter Benjamin (1892).