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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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Views Read Edit View history. I didn’t find myself lost at any point, even when I couldn’t wrap my head around a few of the most difficult ideas.

In this magisterial and Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. Hegel was much more interested in the “symbolical” world-view prior to the classical Ideal and in the “romantic” world-view devolving from it, and even with the Ideal he dwells on its internal contradictions. In fairness that is because, hewing to a strong ‘metaphysical’ line, he grounds his own argument on what he sees as the proper context of Phenomenology Chapter IV: Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the Briser speaking begel, were given their proper due.

In this way, Beiser not only brings to life an entire movement that is largely ignored, showing the great dynamicity of thought in it, but also creates the opportunity to locate more freerick Hegel’s unique breakthrough.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Overall the contextual or ‘hermeneutic’ approach constitutes in fact the book’s greatest virtue. It is unfortunate that his own treatment of “Lordship and Bondage” largely ignores Harris, 2 along with much other scholarship.

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Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers. Added to PP index Total downloads 65of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 2of 2, How can I increase my downloads? A clear, concise overview of Hegel’s thought focusing on its historical context.

I share Beiser’s expressed regret about the Logic especially, and even if there is some compensation in the few cogent pages on Hegel’s dialectic in chapter 5, a separate treatment would I think have only strengthened the metaphysical interpretation that Beiser offers.


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Daniel Hush rated it liked it Dec 13, 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! Does not really engage with contemporary retrievals of Hegel, however. As a result, Beiser’s interpretation of Hegel is balanced and uncompromising.

Iman rated it it was ok Aug 23, As for Hegel’s philosophy of art, while Beiser justly remarks on its relative neglect in the literature, he fails to take note of much recent work, especially Annemarie Gethmann-Siefert’s studies of the various lecture series the scholarly problems are almost intractable, more so than with say the philosophy of religion.

He is also one of the hardest philosophers to understand and his complex ideas, though rewarding, are often misunderstood. Return to Book Page.

Jon Stewart – – Continuum. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

A masterpiece of clarity and scholarship, Hegel is both the ideal starting point for those coming to Hegel for the first time and essential reading for any student or scholar of nineteenth century philosophy. Harris’s “similar project, which finally bore such marvelous fruit in Hegel’s Ladder ” xiipublished in He only mentions the Left Hegelians briefly at the end, and almost completely ignores the later French revival. The famous definition of beauty as “the sensuous Scheinen of the Idea” is found in no extant lecture notes, although one can make the case for the centrality of Hegel’s argument that essence must “shine” and appear.

Luke Brennan rated it really liked it Jun 04, Request removal from index. Beiser’s book fulfills the aim of the Routledge series of providing contextually informed introductions to the great philosophers it does this better than the books on Kant and Schopenhauer.

The book also seems quite comprehensive, even including a chapter on Hegel’s aesthetics. Hegel’s Theory of the Identity of Thinking and Existence. Beiser tells us that he had shelved early ambitions to write a commentary on Hegel’s Phenomenology when he learned of H. Stephen Houlgate – – Wiley-Blackwell. He begins with the philosophical context and Hegel’s early ideals, then in part two examines Hegel’s ‘absolute idealism,’ his organicist metaphysics and conception of ‘spirit,’ and “the religious dimension” in his thought an admiring nod here to Emil Fackenheim.


He is also one of the hardest philosophers to understand and his complex 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.

The major failure of the book, at least in my view, is in neglecting to provide sufficient reason why Hegel should be read: Archived from the original on 4 March Beiser’s approach is thematic rather than work by work or biographical.

Oct 12, Mike rated it really liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He places Hegel in the historical context of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying the deep insights and originality of Hegel’s philosophy.

That gives a fair impression of the author’s briskly reconciling attitude. An Introduction to Hegel. Albert Lea, MinnesotaU. It is of a piece with the other chief strategy Beiser champions, that is, a resolutely metaphysical take on Hegel. From Surrealism to Postmodernism.


Beiser concludes that “it is a moral rather than a metaphysical refutation of nihilism” — which among other things ignores the moments of labor I express myself in my own workof service, and of fear and trembling. The ideas themselves are fascinating and presented in a way that I was interested even when I thought they were total bollocks.

Brucealon rated it it was amazing Jan 17, 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.

Beiser Routledge- Philosophy – pages 0 Reviews https: Hegel first aimed to be a pamphleteer for Enlightenment, Kantian values, but in the face of events like the Revolutionary Terror thought that Kant left much philosophical work undone.