By Vittorio Hösle, Steven Rendall
Initially released as Eine kurze Geschichte der deutschen Philosophie. Translated through Steven Rendall
This concise yet accomplished booklet offers an unique background 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 primary impression on different features of German tradition, together with literature, politics, and technology.
Starting with the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the ebook addresses the philosophical adjustments led to by way of Luther's Reformation, after which provides an in depth account of the classical age of German philosophy, together with the paintings of Leibniz and Kant; the increase of a brand new type 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 20 th century, the publication 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 means 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 booklet closes by way of reading why that culture principally led to the a long time after global battle II.
A philosophical background striking for its scope, brevity, and lucidity, this is often a useful booklet for college students of philosophy and an individual drawn to German highbrow and cultural history.
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Indeed, Nicholas was probably the most multitalented German of the Middle Ages—a philosophical theologian who could think at the the birth of god in the soul 23 highest level in the domains of law, mathematics, and the natural sciences, and whose legacy still finances a retirement home in his native town. On the one hand, he was among the very few people of his time who anticipated the modern age; on the other hand, he maintained a distance from the most important European movement of his period, humanism, even as he appropriated its achievements very early on, and in this we can glimpse something of what characterizes the special path followed by German philosophy.
This idea is incompatible with the notion that moral conduct strives for a reward, if not in this world, then in the next. Contrafactually, Eckhart admits the assumption that it is righteousness that has the sufferings of Hell as its consequence, and he firmly asserts that one must nonetheless be righteous (Sermon 6). Anyone who loves God because of the advantages connected with him loves him the way one loves a cow (Sermon 16 b). The idea of a radical love of God is one of the elements that in Kant ultimately led to the collapse of the two-thousand-year-old tradition of eudemonism.
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A Short History of German Philosophy by Vittorio Hösle, Steven Rendall