Hegel: An Intellectual Biography
Hegel: An Intellectual Biography  -     By: Horst Althaus, Michael Tarsh
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Polity Press
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9.23 X 6.2 X 1.09 (inches)
ISBN: 745617816
ISBN-13: 9780745617817

Publisher's Description

This accessible and highly readable book is the first full-length biography of Hegel to be published since the largely outdated treatments of the nineteenth century. Althaus draws on new historical material and scholarly sources about the life and times of this most enigmatic and influential of modern philosophers. He paints a living portrait of a thinker whose personality was more complex than is often imagined, and shows that Hegel's relation to his revolutionary times was also more ambiguous than is usually accepted.
Althaus presents a broad chronological narrative of Hegel's development from his early theological studies in Tubingen and the associated unpublished writings, profoundly critical of the established religious orthodoxies.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.

Author Bio

Horst Althaus is a researcher at the archive of Cologne University.

Editorial Reviews

"Brevity turns out to be one of Althaus's merits. He is particularly good at providing the necessary historical and sociological details so that the reader can appreciate the full significance of events in Hegel's life as well as his thought.this study provides a great deal of insight into what life was like for many thinkers and artists during this intellectually fruitful time in Germany's history. Althaus's biography is eminently readable and thus useful not only for researchers but also for graduate students, faculty and general readers."
--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 Political Thought)

"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)

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