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Hegel was born in Stuttgart on August 27 1770 which is now part of Germany Hegel was the son of a revenue officer with the civil service He studied the Greek and Roman classics while attending the Stuttgart preparatory school His father wanted and encouraged him to join the clergy however while attending a university seminar Hegel became friends with the poet H lderlin and the philosopher Friedrich von Schelling After their influence and the completion of a philosophy and theology course Hegel decided not to enter the ministry Hegel then became a tutor for the next few years until his fathers death at which his inheritance relieved him of this horrendous taskIn 1801 Hegel attended the University of Jena where he would write one of his greatest works The Phenomenology of Mind Hegel would soon spend his fathers fortune which would result in his vocation of journalism Later in life while at Nuremberg he would write The Science of Logic In 1818 Hegel was invited to teach there at the University of Berlin He remained there till his death in 1831 from cholera Hegels last work published was the philosophy of Right Though his students would later take their lectures notes and publish a few more notable books such as Lecture on the History of Philosophy and The Philosophy of Fine Arts Hegel was greatly influenced by many of great philosophers such as the Dutch philosopher Spinoza Yet his greatest influence was Immanuel Kant Hegel philosophy would mirro Kants But as with any student Hegel would later criticize Kant for his twelve categories of understandingHegels the Phenomenology of the spirit is an attempt to describe the development of the absolute subject corresponding to the absolute ideal The absolute being the spirit subject being reality and the absolute ideal being the end point Hegel felt that the tack of philosophy was to chart this absolute spirit In order to do so it involved three steps
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