Hegel : A Biography

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One of the founders of modern philosophical thought Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) has gained the reputation of being one of the most abstruse and impenetrable of thinkers. This major biography of Hegel offers not only a complete account of the life, but also a perspicuous overview of the key philosophical concepts in Hegel's work in a style that will be accessible to professionals and non-professionals alike. Terry Pinkard situates Hegel firmly in the historical context of his times. The story of that life is of an ambitious, powerful thinker living in a period of great tumult dominated by the figure of Napoleon. The Hegel who emerges from this account is a complex, fascinating figure of European modernity, who offers us a still compelling examination of that new world born out of the political, industrial, social, and scientific revolutions of his period.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 812 pages
  • 153 x 228 x 42mm | 1,080g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521003873
  • 9780521003872
  • 521,210

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Notes on the text; 1. Hegel's formation in Old Wurttemberg; 2. The Protestant seminary in Tubingen; 3. From Berne to Frankfurt to Jena: failed projects and fresh starts; 4. Texts and drafts: Hegel's path to the Phenomenology from Frankfurt to Jena; 5. The Phenomenology of Spirit: Hegel finds his voice; 6. Life in transition: from Jena to Bamberg; 7. Nuremberg respectability; 8. From the Phenomenology to the 'System': Hegel's Logic; 9. Heidelberg: coming into focus; 10. Berlin: reform and repression at the focal point (1818-1821); 11. Hegel's Philosophy of Right: freedom, history, and the modern European state; 12. Consolidation: Berlin, Brussels, Vienna (1821-1824); 13. Assertion: Berlin, Paris (1824-1827); 14. Thinking through modern life: nature, religion, art, and the absolute; 15. Home: 1827-1831; Notes; Chronology of Hegel's life; Hegel's works cited; Works cited; Index.
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'... this is the most rounded and reliable life of Hegel there has ever been.' London Review of Books 'Terry Pinkard's biography is of the first rank. ... [The] known material has never been marshalled with more spacious clarity.' Observer '... makes [Hegel] into a real human being whose philosophical odyssey becomes credible, even touching.' Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University 'The fullest and undoubtedly the best ever account of Hegel's life in the English language.' Sunday Telegraph 'Terry Pinkard offers the most rounded, richly filled-out picture of Hegel, as both philosopher and man, that we have ever had in English. This will quickly become the standard biography of Hegel, and richly deserves to do so. In an age of fine Hegel scholarship, this is a towering achievement.' Boston Book Review 'Terry Pinkard's biography is of the first rank. ... [The] known material has never been marshalled with more spacious clarity.' Observer 'An absorbing and thorough review of the great philosopher's life.' Observer 'This is the most extensive and full biography of Hegel to appear in English, a biography long overdue. It is a great pleasure to read.' Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 'The English-speaking world has had to wait a long time for a good, detailed biography of Hegel. It now has this useful volume by Terry Pinkard to fill the gap ... The result is a more complete picture of the man than we have ever had in English. We are all in his debt.' Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain '... monumental book, written by a fine American Hegel scholar ... all students of Hegel and of Hegelian idealism should welcome this work ...' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
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