G. W. F. Hegel 

Lectures on the History of Philosophy

Translated by E. S. Haldane

Note on the text

Inaugural Address
Prefatory Note

    A.  Notion of the History of Philosophy
        1. Common Ideas regarding the History of Philosophy
        2. Explanatory remarks on the Definition of the History of Philosophy
        3. Results obtained with respect to the notion of the History of Philosophy
B.  Relation of Philosophy to other Departments of Knowledge
        1. The Historical Side of this Connection
        2. Separation of Philosophy from other allied departments of Knowledge
        3. Commencement of Philosophy and its History
    C.  Division, Sources, and Method adopted in treating of the History of Philosophy
        1. Division of the History of Philosophy
        2. Sources of the History of Philosophy
        3. Method of Treatment adopted 

Oriental Philosophy





Section One

Modern Philosophy in its First Statement
    A.  Bacon
    B.  Jacob Boehme

Section Two

Period of the Thinking Understanding
Chapter I. - The Metaphysics of the Understanding

    A.  First Division
        1.  Descartes
        2.  Spinoza
        3.  Malebranche
    B.  Second Division
        1.  Locke
        2.  Hugo Grotius
        3.  Thomas Hobbes
        4.  Cudworth, Clarke, Wollaston
        5.  Puffendorf
        6.  Newton
    C.  Third Division
        1.  Leibnitz
        2.  Wolff
        3.  German Popular Philosophy
Chapter II. - Transition Period
    A.  Idealism and Scepticism
        1.  Berkeley
        2.  Hume
    B.  Scottish Philosophy
        1.  Thomas Reid
        2.  James Beattie
        3.  James Oswald
        4.  Dugald Stewart
    C.  French Philosophy
        1.  The Negative Aspect
        2.  The Positive Aspect
            a.  Materialism
            b.  Robinet
        3.  Idea of a Concrete Universal Unity
            a.  Opposition between Sensation and Thought
            b.  Montesquieu
            c.  Helvetius
            d.  Rousseau
    D.  The German Illumination

Section Three

Recent German Philosophy
    A.  Jacobi
    B.  Kant
    C.  Fichte
        1.  The First Principles of Fichte's Philosophy
        2.  Fichte's System in a Re-constituted Form
        3.  The More Important of the Followers of Fichte
            a.  Friedrich von Schlegel
            b.  Schleiermacher
            c.  Novalis
            d.  Fries, Bouterweck, Krug
    D.  Schelling
    E.  Final Result

Note on the Text: The lectures presented herein were first published between 1833-36 in volumes 13-15 in the first edition of Hegel's Werke.  They were edited by Hegel's former student, Karl Ludwig Michelet. According to Frederick C. Beiser (Introduction to the Bison Book Edition, U. of Neb. Press, 1995), the source material consisted of Hegel's notebook from his Jena lectures (1805-06), a fragment written by Hegel on the history of philosophy, Hegel's introduction to his Berlin lectures (1820), and several sets of student lecture notes.  According to Haldane, the Jena volume is "made the basis, as representing the main elements of the subject afterwards to be more fully amplified  . . . ." (Translator's Note) A shortened edition of the Werke was issued in 1840-44. The present translation - the first part of which was published in 1892 - is taken from this shortened edition. 

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