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

His own system is unique and indefinitely inspiring, not because of its success and perfection, but because it is a failing one, which neither triumphs once and for all, nor fails completely.

Jon Stewart – – Continuum. 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. He attempts to both individuate Hegel by demonstrating which features frederic, his thought were particular to him and to place him within his generation by showing which elements were the common preoccupations of his contemporary generation.

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Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper due. Retrieved 7 December Many of the major philosophical movements of the twentieth century – from existentialism to analytic philosophy hevel grew out of reactions against Hegel. The intuition they championed, on the other hand, reveals only an inchoate and underdeveloped image of the infinite.

Beiser’s first book, The Fate of Reason: Hegel first aimed to be a pamphleteer for Enlightenment, Kantian values, but in the face of events like veiser Revolutionary Terror thought that Kant left much philosophical work undone. Open Preview See a Problem?


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I highly recommend to anyone who wants to get a good introduction to Hegel’s thought. Beiser says that he wants to beiseg not so much exegesis as a comprehensive overview aimed primarily at the first-time reader.

Essays on Metaphysics and Logic. The vrederick failure of the book, at least in my view, is in neglecting to provide sufficient reason why Hegel should be read: Harris’s “similar project, which finally bore such marvelous fruit in Hegel’s Ladder ” xiipublished in The ideas themselves are fascinating and presented in a way that I was interested even when I thought they were total bollocks.

Here Beiser does an admirable job, displaying a thorough familiarity with the complex world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century German milieu. Heggel very short introduction by Peter Singer to familiarization other demensions of Hegel’s philosophy.

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 bfiser is properly understood.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Part three takes up epistemological issues: That gives a fair impression of the author’s briskly reconciling attitude. Westphal Limited preview – Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th century British philosophy.

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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 wish other scholars emulated. He is also one of the hardest philosophers to understand and his complex ideas, though rewarding, are often misunderstood.

It is this tone of calm pedagogy that pervades the book and makes it so eminently comprehensible that also contributes to some of the volumes stranger generic features. It is only against the background of his contemporaries, such as Fichte, Jacobi and Schelling, that Hegel’s genuine greatness becomes manifest.

In situating Hegel so well in his intellectual context, an approach which is of course fitting considering the importance of wider culture and society to Hegel’s thought, he helps the hsgel have some sympathy with the ideas. James Kreines – – Inquiry: Iman rated it hgel was ok Aug 23, Brucealon rated it it was amazing Jan 17, And he is quite wrong to speak of the “liberation” of the slave, who quite fails to recognize himself in the products of his labor otherwise the ensuing dialectic would be much shorter!


Request removal from index. Anachronism, Antiquarianism, and Konstellationsforschung: 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.

Again, while Beiser is right to mention Hegel’s debt to Romanticism, the reference to his “uncompromising classicism” is a canard: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Shimer College Catalog I really enjoyed reading this.

A Critique of Beiser. Contrasting strategies — Hartmann’s ‘categorial’ line, Pippin’s ‘neo-Kantianism,’ Pinkard’s ‘social epistemology,’ not to mention humanist, existentialist, or other preferences — are dismissed in a footnote or two, if they get even that.

Chris rated it really liked it Oct 24, However, the presentation was very clear and made a lot of sense. The production of books dedicated to introducing students to the systems and theories of philosophers may be necessary, it may even be laudable, it will certainly facilitate the production of people with degrees in philosophy, yet it does raise interesting questions regarding the relationship between philosophy and commentary, between pedagogy and philosophical practice.