Popper’s Acute Disrespect for Hegel


How Hegel became recognized in many circles as a reputable philosopher, is partially explained  by Karl R. Popper in his magnum opus The Open Society and its Enemies.

Popper, mockingly, stated that Hegel had proven that Iron gains mass/weight upon magnetization. Hegel’s status among wanna be intelligentsia was elevated by  appealing to those who prefer a superficial insight into deep ideas which, in reality, require adherence to the  more laborious technicalities of the scientific method.

Even though J.H. Stirling appeared to sometimes admire the efforts of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s German Idealism, it was only by the imprimatur of the Prussian State that he became well known and a common entry in philosophy textbooks.


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