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The Young Hegel And What Drove Him

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At the time of the storming of the Bastille on 14th July 1789, the 18-year-old Hegel was a philosophy student at Tübingen, 500 km to the east of Paris. Soon after, he entered the seminary, sharing a room with the poet Hölderlin. On 13th October 1806, Hegel mailed off the manuscript of his first book, "The Phenomenology of Spirit," from Jena, the day before the town was occupied by his hero Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was born the same year as Hegel, but died in 1821 shortly after the publication of Hegel's "Philosophy of Right&t;. Hegel's concept of spirit gives us a powerful set of concepts, all interconnected with one another in his Logic, to deal with this problem: "Spirit is the nature of human beings en masse," said Hegel (1952), and the study of spirit is nothing other than the study of the activity of human beings en masse.

Keywords: bastille; HEGEL; napoleon bonaparte; phenomenology of spirit; philosophy of right; tubingen

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