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Before and after Hegel : A Historical Introduction to Hegel's Thought - Tom Rockmore

Before and after Hegel

A Historical Introduction to Hegel's Thought

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In this engaging and accessible introduction to Hegel's theory of knowledge, Tom Rockmore brings together the philosopher's life, his thought, and his historical moment--without, however, reducing one to another. Laying out the philosophical tradition of German idealism, Rockmore concisely explicates the theories of Kant, Fichte, and Schelling, essential to an understanding of Hegel's thought. He then explores Hegel's formulation of his own position in relation to this tradition and follows Hegel's ideas through the competing interpretations of his successors. Even today, according to Rockmore, Hegel's system remains an essentially modern conception of knowledge, superior to Kant's critical philosophy and surprisingly relevant to our philosophical situation.

Rockmore's remarkably lucid and succinct introduction to Hegel's thought, with its distinctively historical approach, will benefit students of philosophy, intellectual history, politics, culture, and society.

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"A good elementary introduction to the study of Hegel and his influence. . . . It places Hegel's work in the intellectual context of his time very well." --H. S. Harris, Glendon College, York University

Prefacep. ix
Preface to the New Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Before Hegel, or Kant and Epistemology as Systemp. 4
Kant and Systematic Epistemologyp. 5
The Reception of the Critical Philosophy and the Idea of Systemp. 13
The Concept of a System and Kant's Systemp. 14
The Immediate Reception of Epistemology as Systemp. 18
Reinhold and the Rationalist Idea of Systemp. 22
Maimon and Schulze Criticize Reinholdp. 25
Fichte Intervenes in the Debatep. 29
An Unfounded System of Knowledgep. 36
Hegel, or an Unfounded System of Knowledgep. 39
Hegel's Life and Timesp. 40
Hegel's Writingsp. 44
Hegel and Historyp. 47
Some Main Themesp. 54
Unfounded System and Epistemological Circularityp. 59
The Differencep. 65
Between Times: From the Difference to the Phenomenologyp. 76
The Birth of Hegel's First Bookp. 81
The Phenomenology of Spiritp. 84
Phenomenology, or the Science of the Experience of Consciousnessp. 88
The Structure of the Phenomenology of Spiritp. 95
The Master and the Slavep. 103
The Science of Logicp. 107
The Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciencesp. 117
The Philosophy of Rightp. 128
After Hegelp. 135
Hegel and Post-Hegelian Philosophyp. 135
The Shattering of the Hegelian Schoolp. 139
Kierkegaardp. 143
Marx and Marxismp. 149
More Recent Reactions to Hegelp. 164
Hegel Todayp. 172
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780872206472
ISBN-10: 0872206475
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st March 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27