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Hegel, Idealism, and Analytic Philosophy Hardcover – March 11, 2005

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"Assuming (as I do) that the future of analytic philosophy requires a close attention to Hegel, I think that Rockmore's book comes fairly close to being indispensable."--Joseph Margolis, Temple University

Book Description

In this book—the first large-scale survey of the complex relationship between Hegel’s idealism and Anglo-American analytic philosophy—Tom Rockmore argues that analytic philosophers have, since the generation of Moore and Russell, consistently misread and misappropriated Hegel.


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  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300104502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300104509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a seminar on analytic Hegelians some friends and I set out to read the Phenomenology of Spirit, and with reading this work comes reading a great deal of secondary literature. Rockmore's book was one of the works I chose, and based on its title alone it seemed an appropriate one (I have been trained to look at Hegel from an analytic perspective). Rockmore's book, while a masterpiece of research, doesn't contain much in the way of explaining any of the arguments he covers; it is mainly a work detailing the history of idealism, interpretations of idealism, and the influence of Hegel in British and American analytic philosophy. If that is what you are looking for, then I recommend this. However, if what you want is explanations of the positions held by the philosophers discussed, then you will be disappointed here. The first real examination of any actual philosophical arguments didn't occur for at least a hundred pages, and then it was a fairly rudimentary introduction to the philosophy of Robert Brandom. If you're familiar with Brandom you'll know that there are no effective basic introductions to his work, and the only reason I was able to follow Rockmore's exegesis is that I already understood the philosophy at issue.

That said, if you want a historical analysis that follows the intellectual lineage from the pragmatists and early analytic interpretations (and misunderstandings) of Hegel through to the current work being done by people like John McDowell, then this is a short and effective treatment of these subjects that I would recommend. Then again, the history of philosophy is fascinating to me, and I realize that this is a bit of a peculiarity.
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