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. Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers.’ The list of contributing authors is a distinguished one, yet nobody. In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major aspect of Hegel’s thought. He places Hegel in the historical context of.

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Frederick C. Beiser

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. He bwiser mentions hegdl Left Hegelians briefly at the end, and almost completely ignores the later French revival. Philosophy students will need to go on to more focussed books Houlgate is good for the next levelbut this is a rich, interesting study that you’ll beissr other scholars emulated.

Or again, the sections on Hegel’s social and political thought and his theory of the state benefit from a quasi-Aristotelian interpretation stressing a teleology less in nature itself as in the human will embedded in historical context. By providing such a model of measured discussion and exegesis the book also displays a curiously flattening or levelling effect that at times causes it to gloss over contradictions and iron out complexity; there is an exclusion of the incommensurable.

Mary Ann rated it liked it Dec 04, Chris rated it really liked it Oct 24, Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th century British philosophy. View all 6 comments.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It may be possible to engage in an examination of the value, functions and narrative strategies of the field of the philosophical introduction, but this book remains an excellent example of the genre. By what Beiser calls a historical This book claims to be an introduction to Hegel’s thought, but is well beyond that.


No keywords specified fix it. Of course, this is no substitute to reading Hegel himself, but I’ve found it to be an excellent sampler and tour guide. Beiser provides an eminently readable account, balancing a philosophical and epistemological discussion, synthesising the most recent directions of scholarship on Hegel, with a simultaneous effort at a historicist description, providing sufficient contextual information to firmly situate Hegel within his cultural, historical and philosophical surroundings.

The Curious Case of 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 Beiser always writes exceptional introductions to German philosophy and this book on Hegel doesn’t disappoint. In their stead we get a powerful reading of the various parts of Hegel’s system in a metaphysical light.

Kierkegaard’s Case for the Irrelevance of Philosophy. It’s all about who Hegel was within fredeeick specific historical context. Paperbackpages. Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. In this regard, the tone and manner of writing is one of the greatest strengths of the book; even a philosopher such as Hegel, renowned for the tortuous obscurity of his prose, is brought within the comprehension of the student.

Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Intuitivists like Schelling failed to see this frederikc, because they deflated thought to just conceptual understanding. As a result, Beiser’s interpretation of Hegel is balanced and uncompromising.

Pretty interesting and well written introduction to Hegel. Speculative reason, however, has the patience to let the inchoate concept “go astray” in its various determination, as well as the tolerance to again incorporate all these determinations, albeit flawed in their own ways, back into itself.


Christian Giliberto rated it really liked it Mar 02, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He frederivk Hegel in the historical context of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying the deep insights and originality of Hegel’s philosophy. Harris’s “similar project, which finally bore such frededick fruit in Hegel’s Ladder ” xiipublished in From Surrealism to Postmodernism.


A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Jan 13, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Other books in bwiser series. Bruce Baugh – – Routledge. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the book, Beiser sought to reconstruct the background of German Idealism through the narration of the story of the Spinoza or Pantheism controversy.

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The result is in my judgment little short of a triumph. Feb 13, globulon rated it it was amazing Shelves: From his first book — The Fate of Reason — on the context of Kantian critique, Beiser established a reputation which was only strengthened by a string of publications on Idealist and Romantic “constellations” of thought.

One of the best books that has been published about the Hegel’s philosophy in late decades; Frederick Beiser is a professor of Hegel’s studies which he is German originally and one of the familiar Hegel’s professors. I really enjoyed reading this. There are, to be sure, points in the book that seem to render Hegel too systematic, as if he has an answer to every question or criticism.

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