The Analysis of Wonder: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann

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Structured to introduce the reader into all aspects of the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann (1882-1950), this book aims to stimulate further interest into his thought. Once considered the most studious and systematic of all the German philosophers of the twentieth-century, this prolific author has been nearly forgotten. For many years a student and an admirer of Hartmann's work, Cicovacki argues that a closer look into Hartmann's ontologically and axiologically oriented philosophy contains a promise of a vital ...
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Structured to introduce the reader into all aspects of the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann (1882-1950), this book aims to stimulate further interest into his thought. Once considered the most studious and systematic of all the German philosophers of the twentieth-century, this prolific author has been nearly forgotten. For many years a student and an admirer of Hartmann's work, Cicovacki argues that a closer look into Hartmann's ontologically and axiologically oriented philosophy contains a promise of a vital philosophical orientation, especially with regard to our understanding of the nature, place, and role of humanity in the larger world. "The Analysis of Wonder" - Hartmann's own definition of philosophy - is an invitation to the readers to challenge their preconceived and self-interested notions of reality in order to relearn to appreciate the always changing and conflicting world, in all of its complexity, richness, and sublimity.
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The Analysis of Wonder is both an engaging and enlightening presentation of the philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann, one of the major German philosophers of the first part of the 20th Century undeservedly little known in the English-speaking world. The book's three parts clearly present Hartmann's ontology, theory of values (both ethical and aesthetic ones) and personality, carefully drawing the major connections among them. After a long period of disarray, Hartmann rehabilitated both ontology -his ontology comprises one of the most composite and rich theories of categories ever developed - and developed one of the first systematic theories of values - both ethical and aesthetic - showing how the latter may include and are higher than the former. Cicovacki's book offers a well-balanced, clear introduction to these and other issues and promises to become the reference book for anyone wishing to know Hartmann's philosophy.

This introduction to the life work of Nicolai Hartmann is, to my knowledge, the only book in English to present the entire range of Hartmann's thought. It does so in lucid prose and with sufficient detail so that the reader new to Hartmann can take the measure of his procedure and its outcomes. Hartmann has created a method of research, a work in progress, indeed an edifice of ideas, especially in ethics and aesthetics, that cries out for development. Dr. Cicovacki's book is an important symptom of a welcome resurgence of interest in Hartmann. It will be of great use to professional philosophers who are unfamiliar with him, and to students whom it should encourage to take up the study of this great and unique philosopher.

This is a rewarding introduction to the thought of the last great metaphysician. Cicovacki shows how Hartmann avoids the temptation to over-systematize as he provides categories adequate for informed wonderment before the full splendor of reality.

In The Analysis of Wonder, Cicovacki provides a lively, comprehensive introduction to Hartmann's philosophy in a small package, written in a style that is not overly encumbered by scholarly jargon and technical apparatus, and balances well issues of contemporary relevance with detailed scholarship. It is not only a survey of Hartmann's major ideas, but makes a case for reading Hartmann in light of certain of these ideas-building up to the claim that 'personality' is a synthetic category and reality which brings together Hartmann's ontological and axiological work. It is an important contribution to a growing English-language literature on this neglected major German philosopher.

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

A splendid introduction [to Nicolai Hartmann] for the English-speaking world. […] Cicovacki has presented us with an interesting and concise summary of Hartmann's thought in systematic presentation [… and] offers a handy and easy-to-read introduction to a difficult and original thinker. The prose is clear and lucid. For anyone wanting to rediscover a giant of the 20th century, this book is an excellent place to start.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623567903
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Predrag Cicovacki is Professor of Philosophy and the O'Leary Research Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross, MA, USA. He has published over seventy-five philosophy papers published in English, Serbian, German, Russian, Chinese, and Slovenian and is the author or editor of twelve books, including The Ethics of Nonviolence (2013) and The Restoration of Albert Schweitzer's Ethical Vision (2012).
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Table of Contents

Chronological Table

Introduction: Does Hartmann Matter?

Part I: Being

I.1 Philosophical Method

I.2 Being as Being

I.3 Modifications of Being

I.4 Strata of Real Being

I.5 Categories of Real Being

I.6 Categories of Being and Categories of Cognition

I.7. Ontology of Cognition

I.8 Critique of Intellectualism

Part II: Values

II.1 Nature of Values

II.2 Moral Values in General

II.3 Four Fundamental Moral Values

II.4 Four Forms of Love

II.5 Aesthetic Object and Aesthetic Act

II.6 Aesthetic Values

II.7 Truth in Art

II.8 Sublime

II.9 Critique of Moralism

Part III: Personality

III.1 The Realm of Real Being and the Realm of Values

III.2 Personality as a Value

III.3 Pseudo, Spurious and Genuine Personality

III.4 Fulfillment of Personality

Conclusion: Hartmann's New Ways of Philosophy

Bibliography of Hartmann's Works

Index

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