DescriptionGWF Hegel has long been considered one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the nineteenth century, and his work continues to provoke debate in contemporary philosophy. This new book provides readers with an accessible introduction to Hegel’s thought, offering a lucid and highly readable account of his Phenomenology of Spirit, Science of Logic, Philosophy of Nature, Philosophy of History, and Philosophy of Right. It provides a cogent and careful analysis of Hegel’s main arguments, considers critical responses, evaluates competing interpretations, and assesses the legacy of Hegel’s work for philosophy in the present day.
In a comprehensive discussion of the major works, J.M Fritzman considers crucial questions of authorial intent raised by the Phenomenology of Spirit, and discusses Hegel’s conceptions of necessity and of philosophical method. In his presentation of Hegel’s Logic, Fritzman evaluates the claim that logic has no presuppositions and examines whether this endorses a foundationalist or coherentist epistemology. Fritzman goes on to scrutinize Hegel’s claims that history represents the progressive realization of human freedom, and details how Hegel believes that this is also expressed in art and religion.
This book serves as both an excellent introduction to Hegel’s wide-ranging philosophy for students, as well as an innovative critique which will contribute to ongoing debates in the field.
1 Introduction 1
2 Hegel’s Life and Influences 12
3 Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit 31
4 Hegel’s Logic 79
5 Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Spirit 94
6 Hegel’s Philosophy of Right 109
7 Hegel’s Philosophy of History 118
8 Hegel’s Lectures on Philosophy and Religion 127
9 After Hegel 136
Suggestions for Further Reading 161
John McCumber, University of California, Los Angeles
"In this contextually rich account, J.M. Fritzman shows students, in language they can easily grasp, a Hegel who is not the architect of a grand, a priori system that sees all and foresees all but one who is revealed as a great diagnostician, retrospectively making sense of himself and his world by reflectively understanding the tensions and forces that constitute and color current experience, informed, as it necessarily is, by its history and social context."
Willem DeVries, University of New Hampshire
"Of all the introductions to Hegel, J. M. Fritzman's is perhaps the most accessible one to date."
Prof. David Manier, City University of New York