This outstanding collection of specially commissioned chapters examines German idealism from several angles and assesses the renewed interest in the subject from a wide range of fields. Including discussions of the key representatives of German idealism such as Kant, Fichte and Hegel, it is structured in clear sections dealing with:
- the legacy of Hegel’s philosophy
- Brandom and Hegel
- recognition and agency
- autonomy and nature
- the philosophy of German romanticism.
Amongst other important topics, German Idealism: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives addresses the debates surrounding the metaphysical and epistemological legacy of German idealism; its importance for understanding recent debates in moral and political thought; its appropriation in recent theories of language and the relationship between mind and world; and how German idealism affected subsequent movements such as romanticism, pragmatism, and critical theory.
Contributors: Espen Hammer, Stephen Houlgate, Sebastian Gardner, Paul Redding, Andrew Bowie, Richard Eldridge, Jay Bernstein, Frederick Beiser, Paul Franks, Robert Pippin, Fred Rush, Manfred Frank, Terry Pinkard, Robert Stern
Table of Contents
Introduction: German Idealism, Naturalism, and Metaphysics 1. The Present Situation of Philosophy: The Limits of Naturalism and the Interest of German Idealism 2. From Quine to Hegel: Naturalism, Anti-Realism, and Maimon’s Question Quid Facti 3. Dark Days: Anglophone Scholarship Since the 1960s: The Legacy of Hegel’s Philosophy 4. Hegelians – Young and Younger 5. Habermas and the Kant-Hegel Contrast: Brandom and Hegel 6. Hegel and Brandom on Norms, Concepts and Logical Categories 7. Brandom’s Hegel: Recognition and Agency 8. Recognition and Embodiment (Fichte’s Materialism) 9. Liberal Rights and Liberal Individualism Without Liberalism: Agency and Recognition 10. Hegel, Fichte and the Pragmatic Contexts of Moral Judgment: Autonomy and Nature 11. Freedom, Self-Legislation and Morality in Kant and Hegel: Constructivist vs. Realist Accounts 12. From Epistemology to Aesthetics: From Epistemology to Art: The Philosophy of German Romanticism 13. Philosophy as ‘Infinite Approximation.’ Thoughts Arising out of the ‘Constellation’ of Early German Romanticism 14. German Idealism’s Contested Heritage