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Georg Wilhem Fredrick Hegel was born in August 27 1770 in southwest Germany in a town called Stuttgart His father was a civil servant in the department of finance He had one sister and a brother Throughout growing up and studying he was known as the old man because of his strict study habits However he was not considered an exceptionally gifted student Hegel received his Master of Philosophy degree in 1790 and then started to study for his theological exam In September of 1793 he passed his theological exam but was too poor to take up parish work so he became a tutor He hated tutoring in a house in Bern Switzerland However the family did have a good library which he used to advance his learning Human freedom is the central theme of modern political philosophy and Hegel offers perhaps the most systematic modern attempt to understand the state as the realization of human freedom In this comprehensive examination of Hegels philosophy of freedom Paul Franco traces the development of Hegels ideas of freedom situates them within his general philosophical system and relates them to the larger tradition of modern political philosophy Franco then applies Hegels understanding of liberty to certain problems in contemporary political theory He argues that Hegel offers a powerful reformulation of liberalism that escapes many of the problematic assumptions of traditional liberal doctrine and yet avoids falling into the romantic and relativistic excesses of a substantial communitarianism Hegels aim was to set forth a philosophical system to comprehensive that it would encompass the idea of his predecessors and create a conceptual framework in term of which both the past and future could be philosophically understood Such an aim would require nothing short of a full account of reality itself According to Hegel the task of philosophy is to chart the development of Absolute Spirit This involves in - 1 making the internal rational structure of the Absolute
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