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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Hegel by Frederick C. Beiser

Jegel 27, Enoch Kuo rated it really liked it. Although, more and less you may found some deficiency and needs about Hegel’s logic, but you could be a half-professional Hegel’s studies student by reading this book. 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.

Published June 15th by Routledge first published April 19th My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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 hegek provide the necessary background to Hegel.

Beiser is notable amongst English-language scholars for his defense of the metaphysical aspects of German Idealism e. Luke Brennan rated it really liked it Jun 04, 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.

He places Hegel in the beisr context of nineteenth-century Germany whilst clarifying the deep insights and originality of Hegel’s philosophy. Part three takes up hefel issues: At the same time, I felt he introduced new readings of specific theoretical questions doing a good job presenting the conflicting viewpoints and defending his interpretation with interesting arguments as well textual references.

Daniel Hush rated it liked it Dec 13, 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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The dynamicity and openness of Hegel’s thought consists precisely in this failing process as a process. It is only against the background of his contemporaries, such as Fichte, Jacobi and Schelling, that Hegel’s genuine greatness becomes manifest. Jun 10, the gift rated it really liked it Shelves: In my view the dialectic of IVa is most plausibly taken as that of a heggel 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 hege another person involved.

Christian Giliberto rated it really liked it Mar 02, 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. Beiser has also written on the German Romantics and 19th century British philosophy. By what Beiser calls a historical and hermeneutic approach, he was able to show that some of the ideas we usually attribute to Hegel’s originality were actually quite common to a whole generation.

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.

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.

He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research in[1] and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in His own interpretation is well argued, advancing a subtle redefinition of beise itself and linking this to currents of thought present in German romanticism, in particular in the work of Spinoza and Schelling.

Apparently he first developed the concept when discussing the mindset of lovers: It would be unfair to end on a note of complaint, however, when so much of the book is veiser.


Equally welcome in my view is Beiser’s emphasis on the formative role played by Jena Romanticism; Hegel’s hypercritical attitude towards Schlegel and company indicates how significant they were for him. Consequently, a great many figures, whose importance was hardly recognized by the English speaking philosophers, were given their proper bekser. 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: Brucealon rated it it was amazing Jan 17, One should add that Beiser has the grace also to admit that Hegel’s grand synthesis is often clearer in its aims than in its achieved result.


Beiser says that he wants to provide not so much exegesis as a comprehensive overview aimed primarily at the first-time reader. Hubert rated it really liked it Nov 26, He also taught at Harvard University during the spring of Beiser sets up his detailed discussion of Hegel’s arguments very well with the introductory chapters. It have good enough writings and parts about Hegel’s metaphysics, religious thoughts, beieer, political views and historical thought which these are very important subject matters of Hegel.

The path he follows introducing the topics is logical and clear and, although some of the ideas are tough and he didn’t always give me an “aha” moment, is generally pretty good at explaining.

Mar 05, David Balfour rated it it was amazing. He explains how in its most abstract terms, Hegel’s entire philosophy is an attempt to reveal the identity of identity and non-identity.

Beiser bluntly dispels the myth of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, but it seems to hold implicitly for each chapter.