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German Idealism

German Idealism

The Struggle against Subjectivism, 1781–1801

Frederick C. Beiser

ISBN 9780674027176

Publication date: 03/31/2008

One of the very few accounts in English of German idealism, this ambitious work advances and revises our understanding of both the history and the thought of the classical period of German philosophy. As he traces the structure and evolution of idealism as a doctrine, Frederick Beiser exposes a strong objective, or realist, strain running from Kant to Hegel and identifies the crucial role of the early romantics—Hölderlin, Schlegel, and Novalis—as the founders of absolute idealism.


  • [A] magnificent new book...That Beiser manages to keep the reader afloat as he steers through such deep and turbulent waters deserves the highest praise. Expository writing of unfailing lucidity is supported by reference to an unrivalled range of sources...I learned something from this book on almost every page...For anyone at all seriously interested in the topic this is now the place to start.

    —Michael Rosen, Times Literary Supplement


  • Frederick C. Beiser is Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University.

Book Details

  • 752 pages
  • 5-13/16 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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