A Short History of German Philosophy by Vittorio Hösle, Steven Rendall

By Vittorio Hösle, Steven Rendall

Initially released as Eine kurze Geschichte der deutschen Philosophie. Translated by way of Steven Rendall

This concise yet finished booklet presents an unique heritage of German-language philosophy from the center a while to at the present time. In an obtainable narrative that explains advanced principles in transparent language, Vittorio Hösle lines the evolution of German philosophy and describes its relevant impact on different points of German tradition, together with literature, politics, and technology.

Starting with the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the e-book addresses the philosophical alterations led to via Luther's Reformation, after which provides a close account of the classical age of German philosophy, together with the paintings of Leibniz and Kant; the increase of a brand new kind of humanities in Lessing, Hamann, Herder, and Schiller; the early Romantics; and the Idealists Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. the next chapters examine the cave in of the German synthesis in Schopenhauer, Feuerbach, Marx, and Nietzsche. Turning to the 20th century, the booklet explores the increase of analytical philosophy in Frege and the Vienna and Berlin circles; the basis of the ancient sciences in Neo-Kantianism and Dilthey; Husserl's phenomenology and its radical alteration by way of Heidegger; the Nazi philosophers Gehlen and Schmitt; and the most West German philosophers, together with Gadamer, Jonas, and people of the 2 Frankfurt colleges. Arguing that there has been a particular German philosophical culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, the ebook closes by way of reading why that culture mostly resulted in the a long time after international battle II.

A philosophical background impressive for its scope, brevity, and lucidity, this can be a useful e-book for college kids of philosophy and an individual attracted to German highbrow and cultural history.

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But in his first book Aquinas discusses God and the Creation, including the Fall, whereas the second presents general and particular ethical norms. Nicholas, who had hardly any interest in ethics, instead devotes his first book exclusively to God before the Creation, whom, following Anselm, he interprets as the absolute maximum. The second book deals with the universe, which he interprets as the contracted or limited maximum. Christ is introduced as the synthesis of the first two concepts, that is, as both absolute and limited maximum; the Church as the community established around Christ concludes the third book.

I make no attempt at does german philosophy have a history ? 11 completeness here; I concentrate on the greatest thinkers and ignore academic philosophers who were influential only in their own time. What Horace said about poets—that neither humans nor gods allow them to be mediocre—holds to an even greater degree for philosophers. In addition, only the German classical philosophers shaped a German culture that endured over generations. Here we will be dealing solely with those thinkers who achieved truly important insights or at least threw light on peculiarities of German culture.

My book does not presuppose an extensive knowledge of philosophy and deliberately avoids presenting complex technical arguments. Since philosophy inevitably consists partly, but not wholly, of such arguments, this book is more a history of ideas than a history of philosophy; I am concerned especially with the historical changes in consciousness that are triggered by philosophy and/or conceptualized by it. Thus this book falls into the domain of German studies, understood as the general study of German culture and not solely of German literature.

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