"...Pippen's project is pioneering a new way of reading the history of philosophy..." www.wordtrade.com
"There is much food for thought in this collection of essays. Pippin has a rich sense of Hegel's contribution to contemporary issues, and draws creatively on Hegel's dialogue with." Review of Metaphysics
Professor Pippin disputes many traditional characterizations of the distinctiveness of modern philosophy. In their place he defends claims about agency, freedom, ethical life and modernity itself, all of which are central to the German idealist philosophical tradition, and in particular, to the writings of Hegel. Having considered the Hegelian version of these issues the author explores other accounts as found in Habermas, Strauss, Blumenberg, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.