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Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Modern European Philosophy) Paperback – January 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521568739 ISBN-10: 0521568730

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  • Series: Modern European Philosophy
  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521568730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521568739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"...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

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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.

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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Neuzil on January 3, 2010
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"Idealism as Modernism" is a very good work on German Idealist philosophy. It begins--much like Stanley Rosen's "Hermenutics as Politics"--with an analysis of Kantian "spontaniety"--which poses the mystery or riddle of how are mind can have world, or, to put it in a Heideggerian trope, how the human mind can project world. There are two essays in this work that touch on the philosophical work of Leo Strauss, and these are among the best works I have read on Strauss; Pippin rightly chides Shadia Drury for not tackling with sufficient vigor Strauss' work in relation to the concept of "nature": however, Dr. Pippin's analysis itself lacks specificity in relation to nature in Strauss--what is "nature" in Strauss?
I believe that, for Strauss, nature is "Natural Right," and natural right is related to a rank ordering of human types, with the philosopher at the top of the (Nietzsche/Plato) ladder: the most comprehensive of human types because he in a way embodies all human types.
But in modernity, with its equalitarian fetishism, we cannot begin to make such a taxonomy because no scientist or philosopher of mind has the courage to assert an order of rank that can be given biological specificity: there are more than enough great theorists of mind--Steven Pinker, for example--who, I am convinced, could do just that, but careers are on the line, and the democratic, equalitarian shout is the loudest of all these days.
It is just like in the 1960s when E. O. wilson introduced sociobiology and was castigated for slaying egalitarian idols. He persisted and sociobiology was eventually supplemented by Bio-politics.
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