German Philosophy 1760-1860: The Legacy of Idealism

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 29, 2002 - History - 382 pages
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In the second half of the eighteenth century, German philosophy dominated European philosophy, changing the way Europeans and people all over the world conceived of themselves and thought about nature, religion, human history, politics, and the structure of the human mind. In this rich and wide-ranging book, Terry Pinkard interweaves the story of "Germany"--changing during this period from a loose collection of principalities into a newly-emerged nation with a distinctive culture--with an examination of the currents and complexities of its developing philosophical thought. He examines the dominant influence of Kant, with his revolutionary emphasis on "self-determination," and traces this influence through the development of romanticism and idealism to the critiques of post-Kantian thinkers such as Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard. His book will interest a range of readers in the history of philosophy, cultural history and the history of ideas. Terry Pinkard is professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and is the author of the acclaimed Hegel: A Biography (Cambridge, 2000). He is honorary Professor of the Philosophy Faculty of TÜbingen University, Germany and serves on the advisory board for the Zeitschrift fÜr Philosophique Forschung.

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The revolution in philosophy I human spontaneity and the natural order
The revolution in philosophy II autonomy and the moral order
The revolution in philosophy III aesthetic taste teleology and the world order
The revolution continued postKantians
idealism and the reality of the French Revolution
The 1780s the immediate postKantian reaction Jacobi and Reinhold
The 1790s Fichte
The 1790s after Fichte the Romantic appropriation of Kant I Hölderlin Novalis Schleiermacher Schlegel
Hegels Phenomenology of Spirit postKantianism in a new vein
Hegels analysis of mind and world the Science of Logic
Nature and spirit Hegels system
The revolution in question
exhaustion and resignation 18301855
Schellings attempt at restoration idealism under review
Kantian paradoxes and modern despair Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard
the legacy of idealism

17951809 the Romantic appropriation of Kant II Schelling
18011807 the other postKantian Jacob Friedrich Fries and nonRomantic sentimentalism
The revolution completed? Hegel
postrevolutionary Germany

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Terry Pinkard is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. His most recent book is Hegel: A Biography (Cambridge, 2001).

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