Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  • by John E. Smith
  • Narrated by Charlton Heston
  • 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel's vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves. Hegel viewed history as the growth of human consciousness, which is also the emergence of freedom. He thought that progress takes the form of the "dialectic", a historical process that moves us, through struggle and contradiction, to a higher stage of development. These ideas had a great impact on virtually all subsequent philosophy, particularly that of Marx, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Dewey.
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A great introduction to Hegel

I suspect I will have the same thing to say about all of the books in this series, as they are all narrated by Charlton Heston and are similar in quality. These books are a lot of fun as they are concise, easy to understand, clear on the main points, and masterfully read. The recording is also excellent. Although my political leanings kept me from being excited about downloading a book read by Charlton Heston, I have to admit that he has a style and flair that make the books very listenable. The "European" accented readings of other philosophers by other actors are a little cheesy at first, but do help with the atmosphere.
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- Smelly Ian

The worst waste of my time and money

What disappointed you about Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel?

The use of a pseudo German accent for Hegel was not only annoying but completely inept. The accent and the rhythm made these quotes practically useless. Heston was excellent. I am not sure why those who record philosophy feel the need to make the philosophers prigs. Hegel is difficult enough without providing a well paced easily understood voice for the presentation. A philosophical analysis should not feel the need to be high school drama.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will serious reconsider trying any more philosophical tracts.

Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Heston???s performances?

Heston in his own voice was excellent

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and annoyance.

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- Harvey J. Musser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.