- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (February 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631230637
- ISBN-13: 978-0631230632
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,207,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Hegel: Freedom, Truth and History Paperback – February 11, 2005
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‘This is a sympathetic and very enlightening introduction to Hegel’s thought, which will provide great assistance to those studying his work for the first time, while also being of interest to experts in the field. The new material on the Phenomenology, Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Subjective Spirit adds to what has always been one of the best texts on Hegel’s philosophy as a whole.’ Robert Stern, Professor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield
‘With the addition of five new chapters Houlgate’s book becomes, hands down, the best introduction to Hegel’s philosophy available. Houlgate is everywhere a lucid and patient guide to the depths and richness of Hegel’s thought. An indispensable book for newcomers to Hegel. Highly recommended.’ J. M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research
This classic introduction to one of the most influential modern thinkers, G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831), has now been updated and expanded to make it even more comprehensive. The book covers every aspect of Hegel's mature thought, including his philosophy of history, logic, political philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of religion. For the second edition, five completely new chapters have been added; two on both the Phenomenology and the Philosophy of Nature, and one on the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. In the course of the book, the author relates Hegel's ideas to those of many other thinkers, including Luther, Descartes, Kant, Newton and Thomas Kuhn. He clearly shows that Hegel's is a viable philosophical enterprise with important theories to contribute to a number of modern debates. Although written for those new to the study of Hegel, specialists will welcome the book's distinctive and challenging interpretation of Hegel's work, which takes seriously his claim to have developed a philosophy which is 'presuppositionless'.
Top Customer Reviews
Among the special aspects of this text are: the clear (!) exposition of the Logic, which I have generally avoided, but Houlgate practically begins his book with the Logic, which I thought very brave of him, and he very carefully moves one through it, and links its concepts judiciously to the Phenomenology, etc.;
a sequence of chapters on The Philosophy of Nature, a neglected aspect of Hegel's work which Houlgate has done a lot of work on;
and a fair exposition of Hegel's relationship to Christianity.
The only chapter that is disappointing is the one on Art, which reveals Houlgate's pretty stodgy personal views on the shortcomings of modern art.
One level higher, bigger, and tougher than this book is Taylor's Hegel, but Taylor's book is the one I would recommend for someone who really wanted to plunge in headfirst and get excited about Hegel.