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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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. 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.
Bdiser the whole, it is difficult to disagree with the idea that this book will indeed do what it sets out to do. Beiser briser writes exceptional introductions to German philosophy and this book on Hegel doesn’t disappoint.
Equally welcome in my view is Beiser’s emphasis on the formative role played by Jena Romanticism; Hegel’s hypercritical attitude towards Schlegel and company indicates how significant they were for him. Many of the central difficulties that Hegel and others of the time were trying to navigate at the time are set forward with clear and almost analytic precision, yet the book does not seem to crederick careful and nuanced interpretation to simplicity of style. 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.
In my view the dialectic of IVa is most plausibly taken as that of a single consciousness finding that in order to make good beisdr claim to self-awareness and self-satisfaction in the world at large it must be conceptually prepared to recognize otherness, an other equal to itself; there need actually be another person involved.
He returned to the United States four years later. Highly recommended for anyone struggling to get a grip on Hegel or anyone who just wants a one volume overview of him. Pretty interesting and well written introduction to Hegel. 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.
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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. Jon Stewart – – Continuum. The result is in my judgment little short of belser triumph.
Many of the major philosophical movements of the twentieth century – from existentialism to analytic philosophy – grew out of reactions against Hegel. He is author of The Fate of Reason: It performs its function very well; a thoughtful and well chosen bibliography, selected particularly with the student in mind, testifies to the success of its pedagogical intentions.
However, the presentation was very clear and made a lot of sense. frederck
I really enjoyed reading this. I don’t claim to be able to understand Hegel despite a fair bit of effort trying, but I would say that Fredegick integrated a lot of what I have been able to understand into a larger and more sophisticated picture.
References to this book Hegel’s Epistemology: Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He puts forward one popular perspective and Hegel is a fredsrick example of the philosopher as product of his time, and Beiser does an incredible job of explaining the contemporary issues he was responding to.
Beiser says that he wants to provide not so much exegesis as a comprehensive overview aimed primarily at the first-time reader. The intuition they championed, on the other hand, reveals only an inchoate and underdeveloped image of the infinite. 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, bejser flawed in their own ways, back into itself.
Hege, from the original on 4 March Feb 13, globulon rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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! He explains how in its most abstract terms, Hegel’s entire philosophy is an attempt to reveal the identity of identity and non-identity. Jul 01, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: Recent work by, for fredericl, Dieter Henrich or Manfred Frank has brought out the importance of this almost forgotten episode, and its prominence in the opening frdeerick is welcome.
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It is unfortunate that his own treatment of “Lordship and Bondage” largely ignores Harris, 2 along with much other scholarship. Beiser’s excellent study is itself a persuasive case for his way of writing commentary, namely part intellectual history, part exposition of the arguments.
He only mentions the Left Hegelians briefly at the end, and almost completely ignores the later French revival. Beiser sets up his detailed discussion of Hegel’s arguments very well with the introductory chapters. My library Help Advanced Book Search. He attempts to both individuate Hegel by demonstrating which features of 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.
Jan 13, Andrew rated it it was amazing. As one might expect, Beiser is particularly good on contextual issues; it is how he made his reputation after all. The subsequent chapters fill out this programme, with Beiser always grounding the grand speculations in the concerns of Hegel’s time.
Does not really engage with contemporary retrievals of Hegel, however. It is of a piece with the other chief strategy Beiser champions, that is, a resolutely metaphysical take on Hegel. Hegel is a good example of the philosopher as product of his time, and Beiser does an incredible job of explaining the contemporary issues he was responding to.
Intuitivists like Schelling failed to see this possibility, because they deflated thought to just conceptual understanding.