Ideas from 'works' by Georg W.F.Hegel [1812], by Theme Structure

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 1. Nature of Metaphysics
Hegel doesn't storm the heavens like the giants, but works his way up by syllogisms
1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 6. Against Metaphysics
On the continent it is generally believed that metaphysics died with Hegel
2. Reason / B. Laws of Thought / 2. Sufficient Reason
Making sufficient reason an absolute devalues the principle of non-contradiction
2. Reason / C. Styles of Reason / 1. Dialectic
Rather than in three stages, Hegel presented his dialectic as 'negation of the negation'
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / c. Becoming
The dialectical opposition of being and nothing is resolved in passing to the concept of becoming
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 6. Reason for Existence
Hegel gives an ontological proof of the existence of everything
8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 2. Internal Relations
For Hegel, things are incomplete, and contain external references in their own nature
12. Knowledge Sources / A. A Priori Knowledge / 5. A Priori Synthetic
Hegel reputedly claimed to know a priori that there are five planets
25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / c. A unified people
Hegel's Absolute Spirit is the union of human rational activity at a moment, and whatever that sustains
25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / d. Social contract
Society isnít founded on a contract, since contracts presuppose a society
26. Natural Theory / A. Concepts of Nature / 1. Nature
When man wills the natural, it is no longer natural
28. God / C. Proofs of Reason / 1. Ontological Proof
Hegel's entire philosophy is nothing but a monstrous amplification of the ontological proof