Philosophy - Hegel

The progress of history can be slow, but according to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, moving from era to era is necessary to refine civilization. Explore the philosophy of Hegel with an overview of his main beliefs, including the value of historical analysis, learning from opposing ideas, and the importance of institutions in meeting the needs of a growing society.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video on their own, either at home or in a computer lab, and take notes on the four discussion sections
  • Assign the four main concepts as writing prompts for learners to agree or disagree with Hegel's contention
Classroom Considerations

  • Briefly addresses many of Hegel's philosophical tenets; a more thorough look at each main point would be beneficial
  • Comment section is open to the public
Pros

  • Discusses the complexity of Hegel's prose in a humorous way, which may resonate with students who agree that his text is difficult to read
  • An excellent companion to a study on prominent 19th century philosophers or when discussing The Phenomenology of Spirit
Cons

  • None