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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Frederick C. Beiser

Jun 10, Raully rated it really liked it Shelves: He begins with the philosophical context and Hegel’s early ideals, then in part two examines Hegel’s ‘absolute idealism,’ his organicist metaphysics and conception of ‘spirit,’ and “the religious dimension” in his thought an admiring nod here to Emil Fackenheim.

In fairness that is because, hewing to a strong ‘metaphysical’ line, he grounds his own argument on what he sees as the proper context of Phenomenology Chapter IV: 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.

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. For anyone trying to read Hegel without much knowledge of Hegel’s intellectual world neo-Kantianism, German romanticism, Spinoza, and moreBeiser’s work will be just the thing to provide the necessary background to Hegel.


The famous definition of beauty as “the sensuous Scheinen of the 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.

Jan 18, Hadad heydari rated it it was amazing. Beiser tells us that he had shelved early ambitions to write a commentary on Hegel’s Phenomenology when he learned of H. Naturphilosophie bei Plessner und Hegel. Hegel’s Philosophy of History. German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte Harvard, was widely influential in revising the commonly held, but notorious accounts of German Idealism. Syracuse, New YorkU. Of course, this is no substitute to reading Hegel himself, but I’ve found it to be an excellent sampler and tour guide.


Sign in to use this feature. Routledge- Philosophy – pages. 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. 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.

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. Want to Read saving…. Beiser No preview available – Return to Book Page.

Hegel is a good example of the philosopher as product of his time, and Beiser does an incredible job of explaining the contemporary issues he was responding to. InwoodQuentin LauerRobert L. Yet to rule out of court such recent linguistic interpretations heegl, e.

In situating Hegel so well in his intellectual context, an approach which is hegfl course fitting considering the importance of wider culture and society to Hegel’s thought, he helps the reader have some sympathy with the ideas.

Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

Retrieved from ” https: Frederick Beiser’s Hegel ushers in a new series, ‘Routledge Philosophers. Request removal from index. Baran Kaplan rated it it was amazing Apr 05, This book claims to be an introduction to Hegel’s thought, but is well beyond that.

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.

Pretty interesting and well written introduction to Hegel.

A masterpiece of clarity and scholarship, Hegel is both the ideal starting point for those coming to Hegel for the first time and essential reading for any student or scholar of nineteenth century philosophy.


Philosophy students will need to go on to more focussed books Houlgate is good for the next levelbut this is a rich, interesting study that you’ll wish other scholars emulated. A Philosophical Introduction to the Phenomenology of Intuitivists like Schelling failed to see this possibility, because they deflated thought to just conceptual understanding. Wolfgang Bonsiepen – At the same time, I felt he introduced new readings of specific theore I really enjoyed reading this.

Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper due. As soon as those limits are removed in speculative thought, the other ceases to be an absolute other and is reconciled into a greater whole. Jul 01, tom bomp rated it really liked it Shelves: He returned to the United States four years later. Engaged and independent in his assessments, he adopts a manner that is the opposite of a bland encyclopedia entry.

View all 6 comments. Hegel is one of the major philosophers of the nineteenth century. 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.

James Kreines – – In Dean Moyar ed. Beiser does this better than most by showing how interlinked these two concerns were in the mind of a young Hegel first turning to philosophy.

Fredreick – – Science and Society 61 4: The dynamicity and openness of Hegel’s thought consists precisely in this failing process as a process. Chris rated it really liked it Oct 24, Beiser notes that many commentators assume that sociality exists from the start rather than seeing it as precisely what ferderick to be won.