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The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism

2nd Edition


Part of Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

Karl Ameriks, Frederick Beiser, Paul Guyer, Allen W. Wood, Jane Kneller, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Paul Franks, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Michela Massimi, Charles Larmore, Terry Pinkard, Robert Pippin, Rachel Zuckert, Günter Zölle, Dieter Sturma, Andrew Bowie
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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316602362

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  • This updated edition offers a comprehensive, penetrating, and informative guide to what is regarded as the classical period of German philosophy. Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling are all discussed in detail, along with contemporaries such as Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schopenhauer, whose influence was considerable but whose work is less well known in the English-speaking world. Leading scholars trace and explore the unifying themes of German Idealism and discuss its relationship to Romanticism, the Enlightenment, and the culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe. This second edition offers an updated bibliography and includes three entirely new chapters, which address aesthetic reflection and human nature, the chemical revolution after Kant, and organism and system in German Idealism. The result is an illuminating overview of a rich and complex philosophical movement, and will appeal to a wide range of interested readers in philosophy, literature, theology, German studies, and the history of ideas.

    • Includes three new chapters from experts in the field, with the other chapters and the bibliography updated
    • The book will appeal to students and scholars of all levels, providing incisive and detailed discussion as well as presenting a comprehensive look at this major period as a whole
    • Explores the roles of key figures including Kant, Hegel, and Fichte alongside the contributions of lesser-known philosophers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Each of the already strong existing essays has been updated to reflect the most recent scholarship in the growing field of German idealism and early German Romanticism. The historical arc is most impressive, from Kant and Hegel to often-neglected figures such as Hamann, Herder, Hölderlin, Jacobi, Maimon, Novalis, Reinhold, and Schopenhauer. Ameriks's collection is indispensable for all scholars of the period.' E. Millán, Choice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316602362
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: interpreting German Idealism Karl Ameriks
    1. The Enlightenment and idealism Frederick Beiser
    2. Absolute idealism and the rejection of Kantian dualism Paul Guyer
    3. Kant's practical philosophy Allen W. Wood
    4. Aesthetic reflection and human nature: the Kantian thread in Early German Romanticism Jane Kneller
    5. The aesthetic holism of Hamann, Herder, and Schiller Daniel O. Dahlstrom
    6. All or nothing: systematicity and nihilism in Jacobi, Reinhold, and Maimon Paul Franks
    7. The early philosophy of Fichte and Schelling Rolf-Peter Horstmann
    8. Philosophy and the Chemical Revolution after Kant Michela Massimi
    9. Hölderlin and Novalis Charles Larmore
    10. Hegel's Phenomenology and Logic: an overview Terry Pinkard
    11. Hegel's practical philosophy: the realization of freedom Robert Pippin
    12. Organism and System in German Idealism Rachel Zuckert
    13. German realism: the self-limitation of idealist thinking in Fichte, Schelling, and Schopenhauer Günter Zölle
    14. Politics and the New Mythology: the turn to Late Romanticism Dieter Sturma
    15. German Idealism and the arts Andrew Bowie
    16. The legacy of idealism in the philosophy of Feuerbach, Marx, and Kierkegaard Karl Ameriks.

  • Editor

    Karl Ameriks, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Karl Ameriks is McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy (emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame. He has published numerous books on Kant, including Kant's Theory of Mind (1982), Kant and the Fate of Autonomy (Cambridge, 2000), and Kant's Elliptical Path (2012), as well as other edited and translated volumes. He has also served as co-editor of the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy series.


    Karl Ameriks, Frederick Beiser, Paul Guyer, Allen W. Wood, Jane Kneller, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Paul Franks, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Michela Massimi, Charles Larmore, Terry Pinkard, Robert Pippin, Rachel Zuckert, Günter Zölle, Dieter Sturma, Andrew Bowie

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