Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 06, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412958660 | Print ISBN: 9781412958653 | Online ISBN: 9781412958660| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Hegelians, or members of the Hegelian School, are students or adherents of the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), who lectured at the University of Berlin from 1818 until his death. The Hegelian School represents the development and critique of Hegel's project of asking how free and rational action is possible within the framework of contemporary social institutions. After Hegel's death in November 1831, this project confronted new challenges. In the disunited German territories of the 1830s and 1840s, questions of religious, political, and social freedom were sharply posed. The authors who comprise the Hegelian School sought to find, by adapting and criticizing Hegel, resources for grasping central theoretical issues of the modern world. Their thought identifies questions about freedom and citizenship that still retain their urgency today. The Hegelian School was always a very loose association, comprising shifting political and geographic alliances. Intense controversy often raged among its members, ...