It is quite fitting for a number of reasons that this chapter on the post-Enlightenment should conclude with a section on Hegel's interpretation of idealism. He gave expression to most of the criticisms of the Enlightenment, and appropriated many of its constructive suggestions. He gave voice and content to the later period's demand for a positive and constructive philosophy, one which made room for ethics, art, and religion. The influence of his thought was tremendous, immediately in Prussia where it became a philosophical basis for the expansion of that state, and later as it spread to England and the United States, where it became the leading school of philosophy for some time. Another way of indicating the position of Hegel's idealism is to recognize the fact that most of our contemporary twentieth century philosophy represents some form of criticism of idealism as it was expressed by Hegel. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "7. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Absolute Idealism. Pt XII: The Post-Enlightenment Period." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 85-110.