FREDERICK BEISER HEGEL PDF

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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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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 overall style is predominantly pedagogical: 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.

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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.

Here Beiser does an admirable job, displaying a thorough familiarity with the complex world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century German milieu. Here Beiser draws upon some of the most recent scholarship on the German romantic generation, in particular the work of Dieter Heinrich and Michael Franz.

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The Concept of Early German Romanticismin order to gain a fuller appreciation of the case he makes for his historical understanding of Hegel. His own interpretation is well argued, advancing a subtle redefinition of metaphysics itself and linking this frederidk currents of thought present in German romanticism, in particular in the work of Spinoza and Schelling.

While this method contributes greatly to the overall clarity of the text, the juxtaposition of quotations from different texts, often within the same paragraph, could be described as somewhat contentious. Throughout, the book offers enough synthesis to provide a sufficiently unified frederik as to be readable while carefully and studiously avoiding precluding further possibilities of discussion and reflection.

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. By providing such a model of measured discussion and exegesis the book also displays a curiously flattening or levelling effect that at times causes it to gloss over contradictions and iron out complexity; there is an exclusion of the incommensurable.

To somewhat overstate the case, there is a peculiar lack of a sense of consequence, as if these things can be studied at a remove and none of it really matters.

Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

There is unquestionably a large and growing marketplace for books of this type, as students avidly consume texts that enable them to engage with a wide and ever-expanding range of frererick approaches. The genre certainly possesses a commendable stress on correctness, on getting things right. 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.

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. Still, in an age of global scholarship, where there is so much to be geiser, there is perhaps not frrderick to read Hegel, so; one must read a brief exegesis.

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The major failure of the book, at least in my view, beuser in neglecting to provide sufficient reason why Hegel should be read: This may well be a minor quibble: On the whole, it is difficult to disagree with the idea that this book will indeed do what it sets out to do. 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. It may be possible to engage in an examination of the value, functions and narrative strategies of the field of the philosophical introduction, but beiaer book remains an excellent example of the genre.

The objections and concerns raised in this review, when considered in light of the overall quality of the text, are minor quibbles and reflections on what is undoubtedly an exemplary achievement. The book is overall a well-written, comprehensive and lucid text that offers the student an admirable introduction the thought of Hegel.