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After Hegel


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Preface ix Introduction 1 1. A Revolutionary Half Century 1 2. The Standard Narratives 7 3. Method 13 1 The Identity Crisis of Philosophy 15 1. Sources of the Crisis 15 2. Trendelenburg's Philosophia Perennis 19 3. Philosophy as Critique 22 4. Schopenhauer's Revival of Metaphysics 28 5. Rise and Fall of the Neo-Kantian Ideal 36 6. Eduard von Hartmann's Metaphysics of the Sciences 45 7. Dilthey and Worldviews 48 2 The Materialism Controversy 53 1. Context and Causes 53 2. The Controversy Begins: Wagner versus Vogt 56 3. Philosophical Struwwelpeter 62 4. The Bible of Materialism 70 5. Schopenhauer Enters the Fray 77 6. Czolbe's Sensualism 84 7. Friedrich Lange, Neo-Kantian and Materialist Manque 89 3 The ignorabimus Controversy 97 1. Du Bois-Reymond's Speech: Content and Context 97 2. Hartmann's Defense of Metaphysics 104 3. The Materialist Position 108 4. Lange's Defense of Du Bois-Reymond 112 5. Nageli's Methodological Materialism 116 6. Dilthey on the Virtues and Vices of Naturalism 120 7. A Mask and a Martyr 123 8. Haeckel's Last Stand 128 4 Trials and Tribulations of Clio 133 1. History as a Science 133 2. Historical Objectivity? 140 3. The Battle against Positivism 145 4. Positivist Misunderstandings of Historicism 154 5 The Pessimism Controversy 158 1. A Forgotten Controversy 158 2. Schopenhauer's Pessimism 161 3. The Neo-Kantian Crusade 166 4. Duhring on the Value of Life 172 5. Hartmann's Pessimism 184 6. Hartmann's Self-Defense 190 7. The Value of Work 194 8. Aesthetic Redemption 200 9. Love 207 Appendix: Two Forgotten Women Philosophers 217 Further Reading 221 Index 229

About the Author

Frederick C. Beiser is professor of philosophy at Syracuse University. He is the author of many books, including The Fate of Reason, German Idealism, Hegel, and The German Historicist Tradition.


"This is an invaluable exercise in broadening one's historical and cultural understanding; one should think twice about the traditional view that 1840-1900 is a period of only transforming Hegelianism into Marxism and Existentialism. Ironically, then, Beiser's lesson about the history of 19th century postHegelian Philosophy in Germany is a Hegelian one. The traditional narrative is onesided, and one ought to be thankful for the clear and engaging way Beiser reveals this."--Paul Giladi, Marx and Philosophy "Beiser is arguably the most prolific and informative historian working on nineteenth-century German philosophy in the English language today... [His] work is to be commended for its clarity of writing, historical accuracy and scholarly research."--Borna Radnik, Radical Philosophy

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