Hegel

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George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is a philosopher of major and enduring influence. The author ...

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Overview

Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is a philosopher of major and enduring influence. The author of The Phenomenology of Spirit and Foundations of the Philosophy of Right, cornerstones of the philosophical canon, he will be encountered by anyone studying or interested in Western philosophy.

Hegel: A Guide for the Perplexed offers an invaluable introduction to Hegel's thought. David James employs the concept of freedom to offer a unified account of the most important parts of his philosophical system: his theory of intersubjectivity; his theory of the modern state; his accounts of art and religion; and his idea of a speculative logic. This accessible but authoritative text places Hegel in an historical context, exploring his engagement with thinkers including Fichte, Jacobi and Rousseau. This is a comprehensive and coherent introduction, ideal for anyone studying this fascinating thinker.

About the Author:
David James was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826485373
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/8/2007
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed Series
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,169,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

David James is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Hegel's Philosophy of Subjective Spirit     4
Kant and Fichte on Self-Consciousness     4
Self-Consciousness as the Truth of Consciousness     12
The Universal Self-Consciousness of Spirit     21
Objective Spirit: The Philosophy of Right     31
Right as Objectified Will     31
Abstract Right     35
The Moral Standpoint     40
Civil Society     52
Ethical Life     57
The Philosophy of History     68
Art and Religion     77
The Religious Function of Art     77
The Ethical Function of Art     83
Christianity and the Problem of 'Positivity'     90
Hegel's Account of Faith     95
Faith and the Enlightenment     102
Hegel's Critique of Religious Representational Thought     105
Philosophy: The Metaphysics of Freedom     114
Logic or Speculative Philosophy     114
Hegel's Critique of Spinoza's Theory of Substance     120
Hegel's Dialectical Method     126
The Idea     135
Conclusion     140
Notes     143
Further Reading     153
Selected Bibliography     155
Index     159
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