Hegel’s “Rational Philosophy”



insisted that it was no part of philosophy’s role to instruct rulers or anyone else on what “ought to be”.  Its role was limited to showing what was resonable in each particular case.  Philosophy had to show that, “What is rational is actual, and what is actual is rational.”

Generations of commentators have castigated Hegel for this formula.  But the nature of Hegel’s “system” means no other idea is feasible.  Hegel’s philosophy is retrospective through and through.  Every aspect of it is historical…(Spencer and Krauze, 112)


Spencer, Lloyd and Andrzej Krauze.  Introducing Hegel.  Lanham, Maryland: Totem Books, 2006.

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