Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
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Hegel on Moral Development, Education, and Ethical Life

  • Kari Väyrynen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_423



Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831) was an important educational thinker. He was, besides Kant, the most eminent philosopher of German idealism. His first great work, Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) was of revolutionary significance. He developed in his Science of Logic (1816) a dialectical system of categories, which was, for example, important for Marxist philosophy. His later philosophical system was summarized in Encyclopedia (1818), which he began to write in Heidelberg. Later in Berlin, his philosophy became internationally famous. He died of cholera in 1831 (on Hegel’s biography see Pinkard 2000; general introduction to his thinking Beiser 1993; Hösle 1987).

Hegel was especially influential for continental philosophy – Marxism, hermeneutics, postmodernism – and also affected American pragmatism, for example, John Dewey. Hegel as a pedagogical thinker is not so...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland