The Fate of Reason: German Philosophy from Kant to Fichte (Paperback)Frederick C. Beiser (author)
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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm
This is a unique, original, and important work. It undertakes a project never before attempted in English, nor likely soon to be attempted again; nor is there, at least as far as I know, any comparable twentieth-century work in German. This is not, however, because everyone else has thought better of the idea; it can only be because anyone else who ever considered it has been daunted by the magnitude of the task involved. What Beiser has written is the history of German philosophy in the epoch of Kant, a history focused primarily on the issue of the authority of reason. There is a great unity to Beiser's treatment: it presents a picture of a whole generation of philosophical activity in all its richness, greater fish as well as lesser ones included. [The account] is fascinating, because it has rarely been attempted at all and because this generation of German philosophy is the first such generation of professional, university-oriented philosophy in modern times. Thus, Beiser gives us a wonderful glimpse into the origin of our profession as such. The richness of the fabric, the detailed presentation of the views, makes [the movements treated] come alive.--Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania
The story Beiser's book tells is an absolutely crucial one for anyone who wants to understand Hegel. More than that, the epistemological and metaphiosophical crises it relates are of considerable general contemporary interest. It can and should be read with profit by philosophers with no antecedent interest in German philosophy of the time. I found it very exciting a--'cracking good read' of the sort one finds too seldom in intellectual history.--Robert Brandom, University of Pittsburgh
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