German Idealist Philosophy

German Idealist Philosophy


  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140446609
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The great quest for systematic knowledge in the decades around the year 1800 gave rise to one of the most spirited eras in the history of philosophical exploration, exemplified by the school of German Idealist philosophy. With confidence and sweeping aspirations, the Idealist philosophers Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte, Friedrich Schelling, and Georg Hegel set out to make metaphysics a science, to explore the nature of the self and man’s role in society, to examine the essence of the natural world, and to develop a vision of world history and the progressive consciousness of man. In this masterful introduction to German Idealism, Rudiger Bubner brings together key texts and lesser known extracts from the works of these four powerful intellects, together with insightful overviews of each philosopher and an account of the movement as a whole.

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Table of Contents

German Idealist Philosophy Edited with an Introduction by Rüdiger Bubner

Biographical Notes
Critique of Pure Reason: Preface to the Second Edition (1787)
Critique of Practical Reason: Sections 1-8
Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose
Science of Knowledge: First Introduction
On the Spirit and the Letter in Philosophy: Second Letter
Some Lectures Concerning the Scholar’s Vocation: Lectures 1-4
Ideas for a Philosophy of Nature: Preface to the First Edition. Introduction.
On the Nature of Philosophy as Science
The Difference Between Fichte’s and Schelling’s System of Philosophy: Preface. Various Forms Occurring in Contemporary Philosophy
Phenomenology of Spirit: Introduction
Elements of the Philosophy of Right: Preface
The Philosophical History of the World: Second Draft (1830)

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