German Idealism

German Idealism : An Anthology and Guide

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This book brings together and introduces selections from the main philosophical writings of the German Idealists: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. As well as being the most comprehensive anthology of this period of the history of philosophy it also provides scholarly guides to all of the selected material. Each of the selected texts comes with an editorial introduction to help the reader through the specific problems dealt with in the text as well as explaining its historical context. In addition there is an introductory essay which sets out the many challenges faced in any interpretation of the German Idealist period of philosophy. The material is arranged thematically into the following sections, Self and Knowledge, Freedom and Morality, Law and State, Art and Beauty, History and Reason, Nature and Science, God and Religion. This arrangement enables the reader to appreciate the differing positions of Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel on the central questions of philosophy.
This book is indispensable for those who want to understand the unique character, problems, and questions of German Idealism, and will also be useful to those who want to explore new areas of this influential and original epoch of philosophy. Features *Essential texts combined with a thorough guide to German Idealism *Concentrates on the four major figures of German Idealism - Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel *Thematic sections maximise the book's use for teaching purposes *Makes available material which is difficult to find
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 25mm | 860g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748615555
  • 9780748615551
  • 1,301,336

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; I Self and Knowledge; 1. Kant: Critique of Pure Reason: Transcendental Deduction B; 2. Fichte: Science of Knowledge: First Introduction; 3. Schelling: 'Of the I as the Principle of Philosophy'; 4. Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit: Introduction; II Freedom and Morality; 5. Kant: Critique of Practical Reason: Of the Principles of Pure Practical Reason; 6. Fichte: System of the Science of Ethics: Deduction of the Principle of Ethics; 7. Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit: Lordship and Bondage; 8. Schelling: Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom: The Concept of Freedom; III Law and State; 9. Kant: Metaphysics of Morals: Introduction to the Doctrine of Right - The Right of a State; 10. Fichte: The Foundations of Natural Right: Selections; 11. Hegel: Elements of the Philosophy of Right: Civil Society; The State; IV Beauty and Art; 12. Kant: Critique of Judgement: Analytic of the Beautiful; 13. Schiller: On the Aesthetic Education of Man: Letters 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15; 14. Schelling: System of Transcendental Idealism: Part VI (Essentials of the Philosophy of Art); 15. Hegel: Lectures on Aesthetics: Introduction; V History and Reason; 16. Kant: 'Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View'; 17. Schelling: System of Transcendental Idealism: Deduction of the Concept of History; 18. Fichte: Characteristics of the Present Age: Lectures 1 and 2; 19. Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of World History: Introduction; VI Nature and Science; 20. Kant: Critique of Judgement: Critique of Teleological Judgement; 21. Schelling: Introduction to the Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature; 22. Hegel: Encyclopaedia: Philosophy of Nature: Introduction; VII God and Religion; 23. Kant: Critique of Practical Reason: The Existence of God as a Postulate of Pure Practical Reason; 24. Fichte: 'On the Foundation of Our Belief in a Divine Government of the World'; 25. Schelling: The Ages of the World: The Eternal Life of the Godhead; 26. Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: The Relation of the Philosophy of Religion to the Current Principles of the Religious Consciousness; The Concept of Religion: Select Bibliography; Index.
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This is a welcome and helpful collection of key texts by the four great German Idealists which will be a very valuable resource for students and teachers alike. -- Stephen Houlgate, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick This is a welcome and helpful collection of key texts by the four great German Idealists which will be a very valuable resource for students and teachers alike.
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About Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor is College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University College Dublin. He is Editor of The Adorno Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) and Adorno's Negative Dialectic (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Georg Mohr is with the Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany
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