The Free Development of Each

The Free Development of Each : Studies on Freedom, Right, and Ethics in Classical German Philosophy

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The Free Development of Each collects twelve essays on the history of German philosophy by Allen W. Wood, one of the leading scholars in the field. They explore moral philosophy, politics, society, and history in the works of Kant, Herder, Fichte, Hegel, and Marx, and share the basic theme of freedom, as it appears in morality and in politics.
All of the essays have been re-edited and revised for this collection, and five are previously unpublished. They are accompanied by an Introduction which sets out the central, philosophical viewpoint of the volume, and a comprehensive bibliography.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 163 x 243 x 28mm | 692g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199685533
  • 9780199685530
  • 1,199,549

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Moral Worth, Merit, and Acting from Duty ; 2. Kant on Practical Reason ; 3. The Independence of Right from Ethics ; 4. The Moral Politician ; 5. Herder and Kant on History: Their Enlightenment Faith ; 6. Leaving Consequentialism Behind ; 7. Fichte's Absolute Freedom ; 8. Fichte's Intersubjective I ; 9. Fichtean Themes in Hegel's Dialectic of Recognition ; 10. Hegel on Responsibility for Actions and Consequences ; 11. Marx on Equality ; 12. Coercion, manipulation, exploitation ; Bibliography ; Index
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Allen Wood's The Free Development of Each demonstrates the great range of his scholarship and his deft philosophical skill in handling some of the most complex and challenging philosophers of the modern age. Wood has developed a specialist academic interest in the philosophies of German idealism and Marxism which is almost unique in the English speaking world ... Wood has sought to bring a distinctively American voice to the exposition and use of the systems
of German idealism and Marx: this is to be seen in his stern and telling criticisms of the United States' flawed economic, social and political systems; in his intimate knowledge of the main themes of analytical philosophy (which he transcends but also uses to his advantage); and his desire always to connect
up his work with that of fellow North Americans active in his field. * Howard Williams, Critique * Each essay is philosophically rich and brings to the historical texts Wood's characteristic combination of careful reading and philosophical depth. . . . Considered severally, the essays will be required reading for scholars and students of classical German philosophy; considered together, they provide a powerful articulation of the idea of freedom as the central political value. . . . Philosophy . . . can help us to face up to what is at stake in political life. The
Free Development of Each will be required reading for those prepared to do so. * Arthur Ripstein, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Allen W. Wood

Allen W. Wood is Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor emeritus at Stanford University. He studied for his PhD at Yale University, and has held regular professorships at Cornell University and Yale University, and visiting appointments at the University of Michigan, University of California at San Diego, and Oxford University, where he was Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor in 2005. He has served as editor of Philosophical Review, between 1974 and 1995, and
is on the editorial boards of Kant-Studien, Journal of the History of Philosophy, The Owl of Minerva, Kantian Review, Ethics, Journal of Moral Philosophy.
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