Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers.’ The list of contributing authors is a distinguished one, yet nobody. Hegel () is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major. Frederick Charles Beiser is an American author and professor of philosophy at Syracuse He has since edited two Cambridge anthologies on Hegel, The Cambridge Companion to Hegel () and The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and.

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Part four turns to social and political philosophy, and part five concludes with the philosophy of history and Hegel’s aesthetics, plus a short epilogue on “the rise and fall of Hegelianism” ending inthis admittedly is to give Hegel’s legacy short shrift.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book is overall a well-written, comprehensive and lucid heyel that offers the student an admirable introduction the thought of Hegel. Certainly, however, for further reading, the Reason and Revolution by Hebert Marcuse is a famous and helpful book for those who want to know more about political and society’s thought of Hegel, it has elaborated by a great thinker of twenty century.

Beiser’s book fulfills the aim of the Routledge series of providing contextually informed introductions to the great philosophers it does this better than the books on Kant and Schopenhauer.

The overall style is predominantly pedagogical: Beiser, like most Hegel scholars, describes Hegel’s motivation as the attempt to overcome the frustrations of Kantian thinking and the disappointments of the Enlightenment. Bieser June 15th by Frederikc first published April 19th Recent work by, for example, Dieter Henrich or Manfred Frank has brought out the importance of this almost forgotten episode, and its prominence in the opening chapter is welcome. At the same time it leads Beiser to slight the so-called “analytic” interpretation which has been instrumental in the recent Anglophone revival of Hegel’s philosophy, since Findlay and others.


Retrieved 7 December Beiser concludes that “it is a moral rather than a metaphysical refutation of nihilism” — which among other things ignores the moments of labor I express myself in my own workof service, and of fear and trembling. He only mentions the Left Hegelians briefly at the end, and almost completely ignores the later French revival. In addition to his writings on German Idealism, Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th-century British philosophy. Archived from the original on 4 March This “greater” identity does not exclude anything that seems alien to it, because for a concept to actually develop itself, it is necessary for it to posit or encounter its other and to recognize itself in its other.


Brucealon rated it it was amazing Jan 17, The key difference is that, while understanding confines itself to finite concepts, speculative reason is able to adopt the same concepts and yet to allow them pass over into the infinite. Jun 27, Enoch Kuo rated it really liked it. It has definitely helped me to stand back and have a good look at the system as a whole, to figure out what some of its larger assumptions and problems are.

In the book, Beiser sought to reconstruct the background of German Idealism through the narration of the story of the Spinoza or Pantheism controversy.

In their stead we get a powerful reading of the various parts of Hegel’s system in a metaphysical light. A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Open Preview See a Problem? The Concept of Early German Romanticismin order to gain a fuller appreciation of the case he makes for his historical understanding of Hegel.


There is unquestionably a large and growing marketplace for books of this type, as students avidly consume texts that enable them to engage with a wide and ever-expanding range of philosophical approaches. And other chapters are just as penetrating; on ‘spirit,’ say, or on Hegel’s philosophy of religion, where Beiser manages to give a clear and balanced account of Hegel’s critique of salvational myth consistent with his ‘immanent’ conception of God and his qualified endorsement of Lutheranism in the Berlin context.

I didn’t find myself lost at any point, even when I couldn’t wrap my head around a few of the most difficult ideas. Beiser’s first book, The Fate of Reason: Yet to rule out of court such recent linguistic interpretations as, e.

Hegel’s ideas about the perfect state are kind of amusing, but also interesting in the ways they prefigure social democrat policies.

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Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

This scenario is plausible, yet if we consider Hegel’s relation to his time, we are likely to feel that his major concern was not to systematize, but instead to question every system for beiset purported systematicity. Hubert rated it really liked it Nov 26, Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper due. Hegel is one of the more caricatured philosophical figures, and this book serves incredibly well to dispel many of the misunderstandings about him by emphasising the fundamental systematic role of metaphysics in his thought.

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Beiser earned his DPhil. On the whole, it is difficult to disagree with the idea that this book will indeed do what it sets out to do. This is something I find hard sustain when immersed in the more ftederick and complex acrobatics of thought within Hegel’s own tortured prose.

He explains how in its most abstract terms, Hegel’s entire philosophy is an attempt hegdl reveal the identity of identity and non-identity.

Thereby showing how many of the mythical claims about him that he was a proto-Fascist, that he misunderstood and regressed from Kant, that his system necessitates Beiser always writes exceptional introductions to Fredegick philosophy and this book on Hegel doesn’t disappoint. Beside, I think it’s could be a good idea for students that also read the Hegel: Thereby showing how many of the mythical claims about him that he was a proto-Fascist, that he misunderstood and regressed from Kant, that his system necessitates world communism, etc cannot be sustained if his system is properly understood.

Hegel Frederick Beiser Limited preview – Throughout, the book offers enough synthesis to provide a sufficiently unified interpretation as to be readable while carefully and studiously avoiding precluding further possibilities of discussion and reflection. Mathematische Versus Spekulative Naturphilosophie.

The dynamicity and openness of Hegel’s thought consists precisely in this failing process as a process.