Who is Jean Hyppolite?June 25, 2021
French philosopher born in 1907 in Jonzac.
He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure with names such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Raymond Aron and Maurice Merleau-Ponty . In 1929, he began intensively reading Hegel. He learned German while reading Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and translated this work into French in 1939-1941. His doctoral thesis, which will be published as a book later and will be an indispensable reference source for Hegel’s studies, was on Hegel’s work: The Formation and Structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. He taught at the University of Strasbourg between 1945-1949 and as a professor at the Sorbonne University between 1949-1954. From 1954 to 1963 he was the director of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and from 1963 until his death in 1968 at the Collège de France in Paris.
Hyppolite, who became more famous as an interpreter of Hegel and played an important role in the revival of Hegel’s philosophy in France, became the tutor of many famous French intellectuals. These include Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze. Logic and Existence (1953) and Hegel’s Introduction to the Philosophy of History (1948) are other important works of Hyppolite.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook