This chapter recounts Hegel’s acceptance of the professorial chair at the University of Heidelberg, the same offer that was previously declined by Spinoza. This event prompted Hegelians to declare that Hegel “replaced” Spinoza. Spinozists counter-argue that there exists an apparent difference between the two philosophers, invalidating the act of replacement. The philosophy of Hegel is instructed in a hierarchical manner, from the teacher down to the students; while Spinoza’s is transmitted to disciples in an egalitarian manner. The resulting comparative analysis of both philosophies seeks to understand the implications of such comparison, with discourses formally organized according to a principle of coherence, indicating the possibility of interpreting one through the other.
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