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The Impact of Idealism
The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought

Volume 1. Philosophy and Natural Sciences


Nicholas Boyle, Liz Disley, Dieter Henrich, Karl Ameriks, Michael Friedman, Robert J. Richards, Sebastian Gardner, Christian Emden, Robert Hanna, Dan Dahlstrom, Gary Gutting, David Fergusson, Robert Stern, Peter Hylton, Dina Edmunts, Robert Pippin
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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039827

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  • The first study of its kind, The Impact of Idealism assesses the impact of classical German philosophy on science, religion and culture. This volume explores German Idealism's impact on philosophy and scientific thought. Fourteen essays, by leading authorities in their respective fields, each focus on the legacy of a particular idea that emerged around 1800, when the underlying concepts of modern philosophy were being formed, challenged and criticised, leaving a legacy that extends to all physical areas and all topics in the philosophical world. From British Idealism to phenomenology, existentialism, pragmatism and French postmodernism, the story of German Idealism's impact on philosophy is here interwoven with man's scientific journey of self-discovery in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – from Darwin to Nietzsche to Freud and beyond. Spanning the analytical and Continental divide, this first volume examines Idealism's impact on contemporary philosophical discussions.

    • Shows how German Idealism's relationship to science and philosophy has developed over the past two centuries
    • Explores the impact of German Idealism upon a range of key thinkers in scientific fields that include biology and psychology
    • Focuses on German Idealism's many international interpretations
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    'This unprecedented collection by scholars from the UK, US, and Europe chronicles the rise of German Idealism and reveals its enduring influence on virtually every area of modern thought and action from philosophy to science, society and politics, the practice, criticism, and theory of the arts, and religion.' Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania

    'The Impact of Idealism is a monumental achievement, a bold attempt to fathom the legacy of German idealism in every sphere of culture. The extent and the depth of the enterprise, in its four volumes, is staggering. Nothing like it has been done before, and it is unlikely that anything like it will ever be attempted again. It is the product of an impressive array of scholars, virtually everyone who is anyone in the field. It is sure to be the standard work on the subject. Anyone whose work touches on German idealism, which is almost all of us, will need to read it.' Frederick Beiser, Syracuse University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039827
    • length: 447 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 182 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The impact of idealism: a historical introduction Nicholas Boyle and Liz Disley
    Foreword Dieter Henrich
    Introduction: idealism in natural sciences and philosophy Karl Ameriks
    1. Philosophy of natural science in idealism and neo-Kantianism Michael Friedman
    2. The impact of German Idealism and romanticism on biology in the nineteenth century Robert J. Richards
    3. The unconscious: transcendental origins, idealist metaphysics and psychoanalytic metapsychology Sebastian Gardner
    4. Nietzsche, Kant and teleology Christian Emden
    5. Transcendental idealism, phenomenology and the metaphysics of intentionality Robert Hanna
    6. Heidegger and the impact of idealism Dan Dahlstrom
    7. French Hegelianism and anti-Hegelianism in the 1960s: Hyppolite, Foucault and Deleuze Gary Gutting
    8. Scottish idealism David Fergusson
    9. 'My station and its duties': social-role accounts of obligation in Green and Bradley Robert Stern
    10. Idealism and the origin of analytic philosophy Peter Hylton
    11. Idealism and pragmatism: the inheritance of Hegel's concept of experience Dina Edmunts
    12. Reason's form Robert Pippin.

  • Editor

    Karl Ameriks, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Karl Ameriks is McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

    General Editors

    Nicholas Boyle, University of Cambridge
    Nicholas Boyle is Schröder Professor of German Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former President of Magdalene College.

    Liz Disley, University of Cambridge
    Liz Disley is a Research Associate in the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge.


    Nicholas Boyle, Liz Disley, Dieter Henrich, Karl Ameriks, Michael Friedman, Robert J. Richards, Sebastian Gardner, Christian Emden, Robert Hanna, Dan Dahlstrom, Gary Gutting, David Fergusson, Robert Stern, Peter Hylton, Dina Edmunts, Robert Pippin

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