Hegel: An Intellectual Biography
July 2000, Polity
Althaus presents a broad chronological narrative of Hegel's
development from his early theological studies in Tübingen and
the associated unpublished writings, profoundly critical of the
established religious orthodoxies. He traces Hegel's years of
philosophical apprenticeship with Schelling in Jena as he struggled
for an independent intellectual position, up to the crowning period
of influence and success in Berlin where Hegel appeared as the
advocate of the modern Prussian state. Althaus tells a vivid story
of Hegel's life and his intellectual and personal crises, drawing
generously on the philosopher's own words from his extensive
correspondence. His central role in the cultural and political life
of the time is illuminated by the impressions and responses of his
contemporaries, such as Schelling, Schleiermacher and Goethe.
This panoramic introduction to Hegel's life, work and times will be a valuable resource for scholars, students and anyone interested in this towering figure of philosophy.
2. The Tübingen Shift.
3. Between Monarchy and Republic.
4. The Tutoring Years.
5. Schelling's Apprentice.
6. Jena Contra Tübingen.
7. Between Bern and Frankfurt.
8. Theological Writings.
9. A Stuttgart Romance.
10. Farewell to Frankfurt.
11. The Frankfurt Writings.
12. The Unpaid Lecturer.
13. Domestic Affairs.
14. A Difference with Schelling.
15. The Phenomenology of Spirit.
16. Journalist in Bamberg.
17. A Turning Point.
18. Headmaster in Nuremberg.
19. The Unconditional Claim of Reason: The Science of Logic.
20. Professor in Heidelberg.
21. Feudalism or Monarchy?.
22. From Baden to Prussia.
23. The Prussian State Philosopher?.
24. The Philosopher of Right.
25. The Philosophy of History.
26. A Journey to the Low Countries.
27. The Philosophy of Art.
28. The Austrian Journey.
29. the History of Philosophy.
30. The Journey to France: the stay in Weimar.
31. The Philosophy of Religion.
32. Absolute Monarch in the Empire of Philosophy.
33. The End.
* Introduces the reader to the development of Hegel's philosophy, placing it in the context of political events of the time.
* Written in a lively style, vividly bringing to life Hegel's relationship to contemporary philosophers and his revolutionary times.
--S. Barnett, Central Connecticut State University, (Choice Magazine)
"[Althaus] contextualizes Hegel's intellectual journey.... A
major theme in Althaus is the disintegration of Hegel's following,
into left and right, through the ambiguity of his dialectic,
exemplified in his philosophy of religion." (History of
"Althaus offers a wide-ranging 'intellectual biography' which
skilfully interweaves scenes, events and personalities from Hegel's
life with studies of the formation, development, and significance
of each of Hegel's particular philosophical concerns ... If one
seeks further to understand Hegel and his thought, then I recommend
turning to Althaus." (Heythrop Journal)
"This book is, in a word, the most comprehensive biography of Hegel published in the twentieth century." (Diálogo Filosófico)