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Oxford University Press, Jun 16, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 97 pages
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Many people regard Hegel's work as obscure and extremely difficult, yet his importance and influence are universally acknowledged. Professor Singer eliminates any excuse for remaining ignorant of the outlines of Hegel's philosophy by providing a broad discussion of his ideas and an account of his major works.

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Review: Hegel: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #49)

User Review  - Devon - Goodreads

A very lucid intro to Hegel, filled with useful analogies and comprehensible prose. I wish the chapter on Hegel's legacy had been extended. Read full review

Review: Hegel: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #49)

User Review  - Steven Felicelli - Goodreads

Writing something unintentionally Hegelian and needed a refresher before I re-delved into his work. Singer's mini-monograph is an excellent primer/refresher course. Read full review


Hegels times and life
History with a purpose
Freedom and community

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About the author (1983)

Born in Australia, Singer received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Melbourne and, in 1971, his B. Phil from University College, Oxford. During his teaching career, he has held positions in philosophy in England, the United States, and Australia. While a student at Oxford, Singer was deeply affected by a group of people who had become vegetarians for ethical reasons. Joining their commitment to the rights of animals, he wrote Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals (1975), a persuasively reasoned, yet clearly understandable defense of the rights of animals. Singer's vocal concern for the proper treatment of animals has triggered a new appreciation of the anthropocentric bias of traditional Western moral philosophy; other philosophers have followed his lead. Complaining that ethical theorists have focused too intensely upon the rights, responsibilities, and treatment of humans, Singer dubs this malady "speciesism" and calls for a broader moral perspective---one that includes a sensitivity to the needs and concerns of other sentient creatures.