Political Philosophy 2: The System of Philosophies of History

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 15, 1992 - History - 200 pages
Because contemporary political philosophy owes a significant debt to the great nineteenth-century German philosophies of history, a sound knowledge of German Idealist philosophy is crucial to an understanding of our own time. In Political Philosophy 2, Luc Ferry provides not only a thorough introduction to German Idealism and its critics, but also an insightful look at contemporary political philosophy.

Ferry begins this second volume of his ambitious three-volume Political Philosophy by considering both the structure and the potential political effects of the various philosophies of history born of German Idealism. He focuses on the key question of whether, and to what extent, the principle of reason may be said to govern the totality of the historically real. This leads to an examination of Hegel's criticism of the moral view of the world and to an assessment of the phenomenological criticism of Hegel put forth by Heidegger and Arendt.
 

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This is the second volume of a projected four-volume work. In the first ( Political Philosophy 1: Rights--The New Quarrel Between the Ancients & the Moderns , Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1990), Ferry argued ... Read full review

Contents

Politics and the Philosophy of History
1
The Hegelian Philosophy of History and the Rationalist
37
the Copernican Revolution
99
The Foundation of the Practical Philosophy of History
128
The System of Philosophies of History
171
Index
197
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Luc Ferry has taught at the Sorbonne and at the University of Caen and is the former Minister of Youth, National Education, and Research in the French government. He is the author or coauthor of eight previous books published by the University of Chicago Press, including, most recently, The New Ecological Order and Man Made God.

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