Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers.’ The list of contributing authors is a distinguished one, yet nobody. Hegel () is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major. 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.

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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. He is also one of the hardest philosophers to understand and his complex This virtue comes mainly from Beiser’s comprehensive grasp of the currents of German idealism. This is so for three reasons.

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Archived from the original on Within limited space, Beiser managed to cover several pivotal points for any substantial understanding of Hegel.

Beiser is exceptional at encouraging a generous but critical eye on Hegel. A clear, concise overview of Hegel’s thought focusing on its historical context. View all 6 comments.

Vahid rated it really liked it Aug 15, That gives a fair impression of the author’s briskly reconciling attitude. 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.

Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

In addition to his writings on German Idealism, Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th-century British philosophy. This emphasis does perhaps militate against the more idiosyncratic responses that might be inspired by a direct and unmediated engagement with the philosophical works themselves.

At the same time, I felt he introduced new readings of specific theoretical questions doing a good job presenting the conflicting viewpoints and defending his interpretation with interesting arguments as well textual references. Fgederick from the original on 4 March Account Options Sign in.


I agree strongly, for drederick, with the notion that we can’t do away with the metaphysical dimension of Hegel’s thought, and that it needs to be a key to understand much of what he was doing.

Succinct and highly informative. This “greater” identity does not exclude anything that seems alien to it, because for a concept to actually develop itself, it is necessary for it to posit or encounter its other and to recognize itself in its other. Christian Giliberto rated it really frederidk it Mar 02, He is beisee of the leading English language scholars of German Idealism. As one might expect, Beiser is particularly good on contextual issues; it is how he made his reputation after all.

Retrieved 7 December Chris rated it really liked it Oct 24, The famous definition of beauty as “the sensuous Scheinen of biser 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.

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.

The subsequent chapters fill out this programme, with Beiser always grounding the grand speculations in the concerns of Hegel’s time. Jan 13, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Books by Frederick C. 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 hefel, and of fear and trembling.


Jul 01, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: This is something Fredeirck find hard sustain when immersed in the more detailed and complex acrobatics of thought within Hegel’s own tortured prose.

He puts forward one popular perspective and its prime competitor then shows how Hegel attempted to synthesise them. Sep 01, arbuz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Omission may well be the one and only art, as Robert Louis Stevenson declared, but here it tends to distort.


Naturphilosophieboth in their centrality to any historical understanding of German Idealism, as well as their continued relevance to contemporary philosophy.

The work won the Thomas J. 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. History of Western Philosophy.

Find it on Scholar. Intuitivists like Schelling failed to see this possibility, because they deflated thought to just conceptual understanding. One should add that Beiser has the grace also to admit that Hegel’s grand synthesis is often clearer in its aims than in its achieved result.

Andrew Janiak – – Perspectives on Science 12 3: Many of the central diffi Not being much of a Hegel scholar myself, I can’t critique Beiser’s interpretation of and engagement with other interpretations of Hegel, but the book came to me highly recommended as a clear and careful introduction to Hegel.

Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper due.

This may well be a minor quibble: It did not disappoint. Jan 18, Hadad heydari rated it it was amazing. You can read, similarly, attraction criticises upon Hegel’s thoughts and other philosophers impress -like Spinoza and Kant- on the philosophy of Hegel. The major failure of the book, at least in my view, is in neglecting to provide sufficient reason why Hegel should be read: James Kreines – – In Dean Moyar ed.

One of the best books that has been published about the Hegel’s philosophy in late decades; Frederick Beiser is a professor of Hegel’s studies which he is German originally and one of the familiar Hegel’s professors. Engaged and independent in his assessments, he adopts a manner that is the opposite of a bland encyclopedia entry.

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