I want to know what "in the spirit of Hegel" means. What does it mean in the context of philosophy

I tried spirit but it didn't help me understand.

  • A full sentence, please. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 14:29
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    Since "Spirit" (Ger Geist) is a central technical term in Hegel's philosophy we need a specific context to know whether the author means that technical term or something like more like "with an attitude like that Hegel displays". Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 14:33
  • Consider the closely-related injunction that people should observe the spirit of the law, not the letter of the law (do what the law intends you to do, ignoring any flaws in how that law was actually expressed in words). Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 18:07

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You question would be clearer with a full quote.

Generally speaking, "in the spirit of Hegel" means "in line with", "according to". It could refer to a number of things that fall under Hegelianism, such as Hegelian dialectics, absolute idealism, Hegelian logic.


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