Hegel, Georg

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Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831) was a German philosopher whose principal achievement was his development of a distinctive articulation of idealism, sometimes termed absolute idealism, in which the dualisms of, for instance, mind and nature and subject and object are overcome.

His philosophy of spirit conceptually integrates psychology, the state, history, art, religion and philosophy. His account of the master–slave dialectic has been highly influential, especially in 20th c. France. Hegel has influenced many thinkers and writers whose own positions vary widely, e.g., Marx and Nietzsche.

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