Hegel is famous for being a difficult and controversial philosopher. His work comes up often in my conversations about paradox and contradiction – from those who argue that paradoxes can exist in the world.
I don’t know much about Hegel, so I’ve traveled to Atlanta to interview Dr. Donald Verene of Emory University, who specializes in Hegelian philosophy. He summed up the philosophy well at the end of our conversation:
“Ultimately, where you stand as a philosopher is that you accept the fact that the basis of things is the doubleness of everything – that you just accept paradox. And philosophy teaches you how to accept that – that’s why you do philosophy.”
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