Jean Hyppolite

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Jean Hyppolite (born January 8, 1907 in Jonzac , France , † October 26, 1968 in Paris ) was a French philosopher . With his work on the phenomenology of the mind , he contributed significantly to the spread of Hegelian philosophy in France after the Second World War.

Between 1939 and 1941 his translation of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit ( La Phénoménologie de l'Esprit , Paris, Vol. I, 1939, Vol. II, 1941) appeared, which was also the first translation of this work in France. After 1945 he became a professor at the University of Strasbourg and in 1947 published his commentary on phenomenology ( Genèse et structure de la Phenomenology de l'Esprit de Hegel ). In 1949 he was appointed to the Sorbonne in Paris. There Louis Althusser , Jacques Derrida , Gilles Deleuze , Jean Laplanche and Michel Foucault were among his students. In 1954 he became director of the École normal supérieure ; In 1963 he was appointed to the chair of "Histoire des systèmes" at the Collège de France , where in 1970 he was succeeded by Michel Foucault.


  • Genèse et structure de la Phenomenology de l'esprit de Hegel , Paris 1946 (numerous reprints, also in English translation under the title: Genesis and Structure of Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" , Evanston 1974)
  • Logique et existence. Essai sur la logique de Hegel , Paris 1953 (2nd edition, Paris 1961).
  • Etudes sur Marx et Hegel , Paris 1955.
  • Figures de la pensée philosophique , Paris 1971, 2 vol.

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