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The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Dean Moyar


960 pages

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The nineteenth century is a period of stunning philosophical originality, characterised by radical engagement with the emerging human sciences. Often overshadowed by twentieth century philosophy which sought to reject some of its central tenets, the philosophers of the nineteenth century have re-emerged as profoundly important figures.

The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy is an outstanding survey and assessment of the century as a whole. Divided into seven parts and including thirty chapters written by leading international scholars, the Companion examines and assesses the central topics, themes, and philosophers of the nineteenth century, presenting the first comprehensive picture of the period in a single volume:

  • German Idealism
  • philosophy as political action, including young Hegelians, Marx and Tocqueville
  • philosophy and subjectivity, including Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche
  • scientific naturalism, including Darwinism, philosophy of race, experimental psychology and Neo-Kantianism
  • utilitarianism and British Idealism
  • American Idealism and Pragmatism
  • new directions in Mind and Logic, including Brentano, Frege and Husserl.

The Routledge Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy is essential reading for students of philosophy, and for anyone interested in this period in related disciplines such as politics, history, literature and religion.


A CHOICE Outstanding Academic title 2010

'This is a crucial resource for advanced undergraduates and faculty of any discipline who are interested in the 19th-century roots of contemporary philosophical problems. Summing Up: Essential.' - CHOICE

"… offers an unusually fine selection of themes and outstanding scholars to help philosophers come to grips with the 19th century … This volume has achieved its goals admirably." – Quaestiones Disputatae

"A genuinely comprehensive history of the major (and even many of the minor) figures of 19th-century philosophy, American, British and Continental European. It will prove a valuable resource for students and scholars seeking introductions to these philosophers." – Brian Leiter, University of Chicago, USA

"Impressive in both its breadth and the quality of its contributions. They are engaging, philosophically informative, and historically well-informed. In sum, the present collection proves very successful in fulfilling the promise implicit in the project of any such 'companion'." - Bernard Reginster, Brown University, USA

"This fascinating and very welcome collection of essays on nineteenth century philosophical thought is an impressive achievement by all concerned. I would recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the field." - Robert Stern, The University of Sheffield, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction Dean Moyar Part 1: German Idealism 1. Self-Consciousness, System, Dialectic Scott Jenkins 2.Epistemology in German Idealism Dietmar Heidemann 3. The Philosophy of Nature of Kant Schelling and Hegel Dieter Wandschneider 4. The Moral Theory of German Idealism Allen Wood 5. The Political Theory of Kant, Fichte and Hegel Dean Moyar 6. The Aesthetics of Schelling and Hegel Rachel Zuckert Part 2: Philosophy as Political Action 7. After Hegel: The Actualization of Philosophy in Practice Michael Quante 8. Karl Marx Tony Smith 9. Tocqueville, Social Science, and Democracy Jon Elster Part 3: Rethinking the Subject 10. Early German Romanticism: the Challenge of Philosophizing Jane Kneller 11. Schopenhauer David Wellbery 12. Kierkegaard and German Idealism Merold Westphal 13. Nietzsche Ken Gemes and Chris Sykes 14. Bergson Keith Ansell-Pearson Part 4: Engaging Naturalism 15. Comte’s Positivist Dream, Our Post-Positivist Burden Robert Scharff 16. Darwin’s Philosophical Impact Richard Richards 17. The Philosophy of Race in the Nineteenth Century Robert Bernasconi 18. Psychology and Philosophy Gary Hatfield 19. Dilthey and the Neo-Kantians: The Dispute Over the Status of the Human and Cultural Sciences Rudolph Makkreel and Sebastian Luft Part 5: Utilitarianism and British Idealism 20. Mill: Logic and Metaphysics Fred Wilson 21. Mill’s Consequentialism Phillip Kitcher 22. British Idealism: Theoretical Philosophy Stewart Candlish 23. The British Idealists: Practical Philosophy and Social Responsibility David Boucher Part 6: American Pragmatism and Idealism 24. C.S. Peirce Vincent Colapietro 25. William James Robert Burch 26. Josiah Royce David Schweikard Part 7: New Directions in Philosophy of Mind and Logic 27. Post-Kantian Logical Radicalism Stephan Käufer 28. Franz Brentano Peter Simons 29. Gottlob Frege Kevin Klement 30. Edmund Husserl Christian Beyer

About the Editor

Dean Moyar is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-editor (with Michael Quante) of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide (2007), and the author of the Hegel’s Conscience (2010).

About the Series

Routledge Philosophy Companions

Routledge Philosophy Companions offer thorough, high quality surveys and assessments of the major topics and periods in philosophy. Covering key problems, themes and thinkers, all entries are specially commissioned for each volume and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible and carefully edited and organised, Routledge Philosophy Companions are indispensable for anyone coming to a major topic or period in philosophy, as well as for the more advanced reader.

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