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By Vittorio Hösle, Steven Rendall

Initially released as Eine kurze Geschichte der deutschen Philosophie. Translated through Steven Rendall

This concise yet entire ebook presents an unique background of German-language philosophy from the center a long time to this present day. In an obtainable narrative that explains complicated rules in transparent language, Vittorio Hösle lines the evolution of German philosophy and describes its crucial impact on different facets of German tradition, together with literature, politics, and technology.

Starting with the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the e-book addresses the philosophical adjustments led to through Luther's Reformation, after which provides a close account of the classical age of German philosophy, together with the paintings of Leibniz and Kant; the increase of a brand new type of humanities in Lessing, Hamann, Herder, and Schiller; the early Romantics; and the Idealists Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. the next chapters examine the cave in of the German synthesis in Schopenhauer, Feuerbach, Marx, and Nietzsche. Turning to the 20th century, the publication explores the increase of analytical philosophy in Frege and the Vienna and Berlin circles; the root of the historic sciences in Neo-Kantianism and Dilthey; Husserl's phenomenology and its radical alteration by means of Heidegger; the Nazi philosophers Gehlen and Schmitt; and the most West German philosophers, together with Gadamer, Jonas, and people of the 2 Frankfurt colleges. Arguing that there has been a particular German philosophical culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, the publication closes by means of interpreting why that culture mostly resulted in the many years after global conflict II.

A philosophical background outstanding for its scope, brevity, and lucidity, this is often a useful publication for college kids of philosophy and an individual drawn to German highbrow and cultural history.

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This was one of the two criteria of selection that determined this short overview. But what does german philosophy have a history ? 7 was the initial body of material from which I made the choice of those works that might best shed light on the special path taken by German philosophy? What complicates this seemingly simple question is the fact that Germany was politically unified only in the second half of the nineteenth century, and that even today states exist outside the German Federal Republic that are wholly or partly German-speaking.

But already in 1259, a commission charged with reforming the Dominicans’ program of studies in Valenciennes had admitted a few newly discovered philosophical texts to the training curricula of theologians. Among the members of this commission were, in addition to Albert, Thomas 16 Chapter 2 Aquinas, and Pierre de Tarentaise (later Pope Innocent V); it was international. That is the decisive point: the order to which Albert belonged was international, despite its division into provinces; the university system of his time was international; and the language of philosophy was international.

I have even discussed here two philosophers who wrote in German 8 Chapter 1 only occasionally. One is Leibniz, who wrote most of his works in Latin or French (for an academic and a nonscholarly but educated audience, respectively). His thought represents a starting point for Kant’s philosophy, and indeed without Wolff ’s creation of a highly sophisticated German technical language for philosophy, German philosophy in the linguistic sense defined here would not exist at all; Wolff, however, was inspired by, among other people, Leibniz.

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