This updated edition offers a comprehensive, penetrating, and informative guide to what is regarded as the classical period of German philosophy. Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling are all discussed in detail, along with contemporaries such as Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schopenhauer, whose influence was considerable but whose work is less well known in the English-speaking world. Leading scholars trace and explore the unifying themes of German Idealism and discuss its relationship to Romanticism, the Enlightenment, and the culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe. This second edition offers an updated bibliography and includes three entirely new chapters, which address aesthetic reflection and human nature, the chemical revolution after Kant, and organism and system in German Idealism. The result is an illuminating overview of a rich and complex philosophical movement, and will appeal to a wide range of interested readers in philosophy, literature, theology, German studies, and the history of ideas.
About the Author
Karl Ameriks is McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy (emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame. He has published numerous books on Kant, including Kant's Theory of Mind (1982), Kant and the Fate of Autonomy (Cambridge, 2000), and Kant's Elliptical Path (2012), as well as other edited and translated volumes. He has also served as co-editor of the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy series.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: interpreting German Idealism Karl Ameriks; 1. The Enlightenment and idealism Frederick Beiser; 2. Absolute idealism and the rejection of Kantian dualism Paul Guyer; 3. Kant's practical philosophy Allen W. Wood; 4. Aesthetic reflection and human nature: the Kantian thread in Early German Romanticism Jane Kneller; 5. The aesthetic holism of Hamann, Herder, and Schiller Daniel O. Dahlstrom; 6. All or nothing: systematicity and nihilism in Jacobi, Reinhold, and Maimon Paul Franks; 7. The early philosophy of Fichte and Schelling Rolf-Peter Horstmann; 8. Philosophy and the Chemical Revolution after Kant Michela Massimi; 9. Hölderlin and Novalis Charles Larmore; 10. Hegel's Phenomenology and Logic: an overview Terry Pinkard; 11. Hegel's practical philosophy: the realization of freedom Robert Pippin; 12. Organism and System in German Idealism Rachel Zuckert; 13. German realism: the self-limitation of idealist thinking in Fichte, Schelling, and Schopenhauer Günter Zölle; 14. Politics and the New Mythology: the turn to Late Romanticism Dieter Sturma; 15. German Idealism and the arts Andrew Bowie; 16. The legacy of idealism in the philosophy of Feuerbach, Marx, and Kierkegaard Karl Ameriks.