German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

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By (author) Roger Scruton, By (author) Christopher Janaway, By (author) Michael Tanner, By (author) Peter Singer

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192854240
  • ISBN 13: 9780192854247
  • Illustrations note: references
  • Sales rank: 160,620

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German Philosophers contains studies of four of the most important German theorists: Kant, arguably the most influential modern philosopher; Hegel, whose philosophy inspired an enduring vision of a communist society; Schopenhauer, renowned for his pessimistic preference for non-existence; and Nietzsche, who has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people.

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Michael Tanner is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College and a University Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge. His publications include A Critical History of Opera (forthcoming) and Wagner (1995).

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Review from previous edition Roger Scruton on Kant: 'Roger Scruton faced perhaps the most intractable task of all in giving an elementary account of Kant's philosophy ... but he does it extremely elegantly and neatly.' Listener

Table of contents

Foreword ; KANT ; 1. Life, works and character ; 2. The background of Kant's thought ; 3. The transcendental deduction ; 4. The logic of illusion ; 5. The categorical imperative ; 6. Beauty and design ; 7. Transcendental philosophy ; Further reading ; HEGEL ; Preface ; 1. Hegel's times and life ; 2. History with a purpose ; 3. Freedom and community ; 4. The odyssey of mind ; 5. Logic and dialectics ; 6. Aftermath ; Note of sources ; Further reading ; SCHOPENHAUER ; 1. Schopenhauer's life and works ; 2. Within and beyond appearance ; 3. The world as will and representation ; 4. Will, body, and the self ; 5. Character, sex, and the unconscious ; 6. Art and Ideas ; 7. Ethics: seeing the world aright ; 8. Existence and pessimism ; 9. Schopenhauer's influence ; Further reading ; NIETZSCHE ; 1. The image of Nietzsche ; 2. Tragedy: birth, death, rebirth ; 3. Disillusionment and withdrawal ; 4. Morality and its discontents ; 5. The one thing needful ; 6. Prophecy ; 7. Occupying the high ground ; 8. Masters and slaves ; 9. Philosophizing with a hammer ; References ; Further reading