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Hegel : Routledge Philosophers - Frederick Beiser


Routledge Philosophers

Paperback Published: 6th May 2005
ISBN: 9780415312080
Number Of Pages: 353

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Hegel (1770-1831) is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. Many of the major philosophical movements of the twentieth century - from existentialism to analytic philosophy - grew out of reactions against Hegel. He is also one of the hardest philosophers to understand and his complex ideas, though rewarding, are often misunderstood.
In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major aspect of Hegel's thought. He places Hegel in the historical context of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying the deep insights and originality of Hegel's philosophy.
A masterpiece of clarity and scholarship, Hegel is both the ideal starting point for those coming to Hegel for the first time and essential reading for any student or scholar of nineteenth century philosophy.
Additional features:

  • glossary

  • chapter summaries

  • chronology

  • annotated further reading.

Industry Reviews

'Beiser ... wants to provide not so much exegesis as a comprehensive overview aimed primarily at the first-time reader. The result is in my judgment little short of a triumph. In 350 pages Beiser manages to suggest much of the sweep and challenge of Hegel's thought, in direct and straightforward prose, yet without shirking the procedural difficulties of Hegel's arguments and positions. ' - Martin Donougho, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

'An impressive achievement - I have no doubt students will find it very useful, and that it will be widely adopted as a teaching text: it is written in a clear and accessible manner; it covers the right topics to the right level; it engages with a wide range of Hegel's works; it is critical, while also being sympathetic; and it deals authoritatively with various matters of scholarship.' - Robert Stern, University of Sheffield

'The best available account in the English language of the whole sweep of Hegel's philosophy. It will be a valuable resource for students encountering Hegel for the first time. It also makes a significant and important contribution to the interpretation and discussion of Hegel's philosophy.' - Sean Sayers, University of Kent

'A very clear introduction - its greatest strengths consist in its clarity and its ability to contextualize Hegel's philosophy ... masterfully done ... the presentation is clear and engaging.'
- Paul Redding, University of Sydney

Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiv
Chronologyp. xix
Introductionp. 1
A Question of Relevancep. 1
A Question of Methodp. 3
Early Ideals and Contextp. 19
Cultural Contextp. 21
The Twilight of the Enlightenmentp. 21
Anti-foundationalismp. 23
The Pantheism Controversyp. 25
The Birth of Nihilismp. 27
The Rise of Historicismp. 29
The Theory-Practice Debatep. 31
Early Idealsp. 34
The Romantic Legacyp. 34
The Highest Goodp. 36
Ethical Idealsp. 39
Political Idealp. 41
Religious Idealp. 42
The Challenge of Divisionp. 47
Metaphysicsp. 51
Absolute Idealismp. 53
The Question of Metaphysicsp. 53
What is the Absolute?p. 57
Subject-Object Identityp. 61
The Meaning of 'Idealism'p. 65
The Synthesis of Idealism and Realism, Freedom and Necessityp. 71
The Myth of Panlogicism?p. 76
The Organic Worldviewp. 80
The Organic Dimensionp. 80
The Rise of Organicismp. 82
Classical and Christian Originsp. 87
The Spinoza Legacyp. 90
The Kantian Legacy and Challengep. 95
Reply to Kantp. 100
In Defense of Naturphilosophiep. 104
Myths about Naturphilosophiep. 107
The Realm of Spiritp. 110
Life and Spiritp. 110
The Spirit of Lovep. 112
The Metaphysics of Lovep. 116
The Transformation of Lovep. 118
The Religious Dimensionp. 124
The Unending Debatep. 124
Early Critique of Christianityp. 126
Reversal in Frankfurtp. 132
A New Religionp. 135
Mature Standpointp. 139
Concept of Godp. 142
The Identity Thesisp. 146
Epistemological Foundationsp. 153
The Dialecticp. 155
A Critical Foundation for Metaphysicsp. 155
Myths and Legends about Dialecticp. 159
Structure of the Dialectic in the Logicp. 163
Task of Dialectic in the Phenomenologyp. 169
Solipsism and Intersubjectivityp. 174
The Specter of Nihilismp. 174
The Context of the Argumentp. 178
The Dialectic of Desirep. 182
Lordship and Bondagep. 185
Social and Political Philosophyp. 193
Freedom and the Foundation of Rightp. 195
Metaphysics and Politicsp. 195
The Concept of Freedomp. 197
A Betrayer of Liberty?p. 202
The Foundation of Lawp. 205
Machiavelli's Challengep. 214
The Idealism of a Reformerp. 219
Hegel's Theory of the Statep. 224
Hegel's Political Projectp. 224
The Critique of Liberalism and Communitarianismp. 227
Ethical Lifep. 233
The Organic Statep. 239
Civil Societyp. 243
The Structure and Powers of the Statep. 251
Philosophy of Culturep. 259
Philosophy of Historyp. 261
Hegel and Historicismp. 261
Reason in Historyp. 263
The Cunning of Reasonp. 267
The Problem of Evilp. 270
The Meaning of Lifep. 276
Hegel versus the Existentialistsp. 278
Aestheticsp. 282
The Paradox of Hegel's Aestheticsp. 282
The Subordination Thesisp. 286
Art as Cognitionp. 291
Death of Artp. 298
Epilogue: The Rise and Fall of the Hegelian Schoolp. 307
Notesp. 314
Further Readingp. 333
Bibliographyp. 337
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ISBN: 9780415312080
ISBN-10: 0415312086
Series: Routledge Philosophers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 353
Published: 6th May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.87  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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