Introduction to German Philosophy: From Kant to Habermas / Edition 1

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Introduction to German Philosophy is the only book in English to provide a comprehensive account of the key ideas and arguments of modern German philosophy from Kant to the present.

  • the first book in English to provide a comprehensive account of the key ideas and arguments of modern German philosophy from Kant to the present.
  • offers an accessible introduction to the work, among others, of Kant, Fichte, the Romantics, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle, Husserl, Heidegger, Benjamin, Adorno, Gadamer, and Habermas.
  • considers how German philosophy reacts to revolutionary changes in modern science, society, and culture;
  • ideal for anyone wanting to know more about the role of the German tradition within philosophy and literature as a whole.
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Editorial Reviews

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"One strength of this admirable introduction to modern Germanphilosophy for English-speaking readers is the masterly manner inwhich Andrew Bowie manages to fairly structure an abundance ofilluminating ideas." Jürgen Habermas

"Bowie provides an excellent overview which will be useful forgeneral readers, students and specialists." The Philosophers'Magazine

"Where Bowie really shines ... is in introducing "minor" figuressuch as Herder and Hamann and showing how they prefigure the ideasof Schelling, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and contemporary analyticthinkers such as John McDowell and Robert Brandom. His chapter onthe Early Romantics is equally clear and far-reaching." TimesHigher Education Supplement

"This is probably the most knowledgeable presentation in Englishof the history of the German contribution to so-called continentalphilosophy from Herder and Kant to Gadamer and Habermas. AndrewBowie is an exceptional scholar of German Romanticism and Idealismas well as of the hermeneutic tradition and critical theory of thetwentieth century." Manfred Frank,Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

"This book has remarkable breadth. Not only does it cover alarger period of German thought than other similar books, but italso has a genuine appreciation for so-called“second-rank” figures (e.g., Herder, Schlegel,Schelling) and for a range of issues concerning aesthetics andsociety that go far beyond the narrow focus on epistemology andmetaphysics that one typically finds in philosophical overviews."Karl Ameriks, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745625713
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/8/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 830,609
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Bowie is Chair of German and Founding Director of the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents



1. The Kantian Revolution.

2. The Discovery of Language: Hamann to Herder.

3. German Idealism: From Fichte to early Schelling.

4. German Idealism: Hegel.

5. Critiques of Idealism I: the early Romantics toFeuerbach.

6. Critiques of Idealism II: Marx.

7. Critiques of Iddealism III: Nietzsche.

8. The “Linguistic Turn”.

9. Phenomenology.

10. Heidegger: Being and Hermeneutics.

11. “Critical Theory”.





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