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. introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major aspect of Hegel’s thought. Frederick Beiser, Hegel, New York, Routledge, , ISBN: Fluently and lucidly written, Frederick Beiser’s Hegel offers students an introductory.

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Beiser is notable amongst English-language scholars for his defense hegwl the metaphysical aspects of German Idealism e. Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper due.

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.

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Hegel’s strategy was to admit the limits of understanding but in the meantime to suggest a higher form of thought, i. Within limited space, Beiser managed to cover several pivotal points for any substantial understanding of Hegel. Still, in an age of global scholarship, where there is so much to be read, there is perhaps not time to read Hegel, so; one must read a brief exegesis.

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.

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Return to Book Page. The result is a more concretely developed concept of the infinite, and philosophy is precisely this endless development. It has definitely helped me to stand back and have a good look at the system as a whole, to figure out what some of its larger assumptions and problems are. Beiser always writes exceptional introductions briser German philosophy and this book on Hegel doesn’t disappoint.

Beiser is exceptional at encouraging a generous but critical eye on Hegel. He begins with the philosophical context and Hegel’s early ideals, then in part two examines Hegel’s hgel idealism,’ his organicist metaphysics and conception of ‘spirit,’ and “the religious dimension” in his thought an admiring nod here to Emil Fackenheim.

He only mentions the Left Hegelians briefly at the end, and almost completely ignores the later French revival. View all 6 comments.


Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th century British philosophy. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is unfortunate that his own treatment of “Lordship and Bondage” largely ignores Harris, 2 along with much other scholarship. Beiswr June 15th by Routledge first published April 19th Specifically, Hegel’s breakthrough must be assessed in comparison with the crisis of enlightenment rationalism, Kant and Fichte’s subjectivist turn in response, and Jacobi and Schelling’s charge that abstract understanding could never come to terms with the infinite – the subject par excellence of philosophy – which must be accessed through feelings or intuition.


Christian Giliberto rated it really liked it Mar 02, In my view the dialectic of IVa is most plausibly taken as that of heggel single consciousness finding that in order to make good its 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.

As one might expect, Beiser is particularly good on contextual issues; it is how he made his reputation after all. It did not disappoint. The key difference is that, while understanding confines itself to finite concepts, speculative reason is able to adopt the same concepts and yet to allow them pass over into the infinite.

Part four turns to social and political philosophy, and part five concludes with the philosophy of history and Hegel’s aesthetics, plus a short epilogue on “the rise and fall of Hegelianism” ending inthis admittedly is to give Hegel’s legacy short shrift.

Paperbackpages. Phil rated it really liked it Sep 29, Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. However, the presentation was very clear and made a lot of sense. Rohan rated it liked it Jul 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

A clear, concise overview of Hegel’s thought focusing on its historical context. Brucealon rated it it was amazing Jan 17, He rebuts the ‘non-metaphysical’ Hegel who has figured so large in his North American reception, not least under the influence of Klaus Hartmann’s students. He places Hegel in the historical context of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying the deep insights and originality of Hegel’s philosophy.

At the same time it leads Beiser to slight the so-called “analytic” interpretation which has been instrumental in the recent Anglophone revival of Hegel’s philosophy, since Findlay and others. The battle rages within that consciousness, and it is for self-domination or self-enslavement. Of course, this is no substitute to reading Hegel himself, but I’ve found it to be an excellent sampler and tour guide.


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. 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. He is author of The Fate of Reason: By what Beiser calls a historical This book claims to be an introduction to Hegel’s thought, but is well beyond that.

Hegel Frederick Beiser Limited preview – Sep 01, arbuz rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He returned to the United States in to take up a professorship at Indiana University Bloomingtonwhere he remained until Certainly, however, for further reading, the Reason and Revolution by Hebert Marcuse is a famous and helpful book for those who want to know more about political and society’s thought of Hegel, it has elaborated by a great thinker of twenty century.

In this magisterial and lucid introduction, Frederick Beiser covers every major aspect of Hegel’s thought.

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 sacrifice careful and nuanced interpretation to simplicity of style. The result is in my judgment little short of a triumph.

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It have good enough writings and parts about Hegel’s metaphysics, religious thoughts, uegel, political views and historical thought which these are very important subject matters of Hegel. Beiser, like most Hegel scholars, describes Hegel’s motivation as the attempt to overcome heegel frustrations of Kantian thinking and the disappointments of the Enlightenment.

Jun 10, the gift rated it really liked it Shelves: Hegel is one of the more caricatured philosophical figures, and this book serves incredibly well to dispel many of the misunderstandings about him by emphasising the fundamental systematic role of metaphysics in his thought.