The System of Philosophies of History

The System of Philosophies of History

by Luc Ferry
     
 

Because contemporary political philosophy owes a significant debt to the great nineteenth-century German philosophies of history, a sound knowledge of German Idealist philosophy is crucial to an understanding of our own time. In Political Philosophy 2, Luc Ferry provides not only a thorough introduction to German Idealism and its critics, but also an

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Because contemporary political philosophy owes a significant debt to the great nineteenth-century German philosophies of history, a sound knowledge of German Idealist philosophy is crucial to an understanding of our own time. In Political Philosophy 2, Luc Ferry provides not only a thorough introduction to German Idealism and its critics, but also an insightful look at contemporary political philosophy.

Ferry begins this second volume of his ambitious three-volume Political Philosophy by considering both the structure and the potential political effects of the various philosophies of history born of German Idealism. He focuses on the key question of whether, and to what extent, the principle of reason may be said to govern the totality of the historically real. This leads to an examination of Hegel's criticism of the moral view of the world and to an assessment of the phenomenological criticism of Hegel put forth by Heidegger and Arendt.

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The second of a three-volume series by Ferry (Sorbonne and U. of Caen) examining political philosophy. Considers the structure of the various philosophies of history born from 19th-century German idealism, and their potential political effects. First published in French in 1984. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226244723
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Political Philosophy Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Luc Ferry has taught at the Sorbonne and at the University of Caen and is the former Minister of Youth, National Education, and Research in the French government. He is the author or coauthor of eight previous books published by the University of Chicago Press, including, most recently, The New Ecological Order and Man Made God.

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