Category: Hegel

On this day: Philosopher G.W.F. Hegel dies (14th November 1831)

“What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.” A quote that continues to be as relevant today as when it was penned. The words are of the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel who, having died 186 years ago, makes one wonder about human progress as the philosopher did himself. Hegel died in Berlin after leading a life of academic ascension in Germany that culminated in the position of head of the University of Berlin. Born on the 27th August 1770 in Stuttgart, he was the oldest child of a bureaucrat. During his adolescence, Hegel’s love for intellectual thought began to manifest through his consumption and synthesis of a wide range of texts, including by the poet Klopstock and Enlightenment thinkers, such as Christian Garve and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. His love for philosophy shaped his…