Tom Butler-Bowdon's 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, PDF

By Tom Butler-Bowdon

ISBN-10: 1857889444

ISBN-13: 9781857889444

50 Philosophy Classics: pondering, BEING, performing, SEEING- Profound Insights and robust pondering from Fifty Key Books (April 2013) often is the 6th within the bestselling 50s sequence, and a full of life access aspect into the learn. Butler-Bowdon explores the works of fifty of the main major philosophers; together with those who exhibit us how you can imagine (Descartes, Foucault and Wittgenstein); how you can be (Aristotle, Spinoza, Sartre); easy methods to act (Bentham, Kant, Singer) and the way to determine (Baudrillard, Hegel, Talbot).

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6). 26 “hegel’s novel” given the terms in which he understands his own action, such an agent does not yet have the resources to peel away his specific intention. As many readers of the PhG have noticed, this tragic side of Hegel’s Faust portrait bears no particular resemblance to Goethe’s. It does, however, even in specific phrases, have a similarity to an account of Faust that Hegel read (and from which he jotted down in his notebook verbatim passages) while he was writing the PhG: a review, published anonymously in the Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung, of a novel about Faust by the Sturm und Drang author F.

H. B. Nisbet [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991], §119A). the P h G ’s literary turn 27 The influence of the Klinger review on the PhG, however, reaches somewhat more widely than just the section on Faust. 28 The review, in fact, reads much like an Ur -plot of Hegel’s entire “Active Reason” section – one that provides an underlay for Hegel’s later adoption of three additional literary figures. What seems to have particularly impressed Hegel about the review is the notion of a series of novels exploring the experience of a succession of figures devoted to different practical ideals: Klinger’s expressed goal was the writing of philosophical novels in this sense.

In fact, one of the famous oddities of the text is that Hegel here, without offering particular comment or guidance to his reader, simply opens “Pleasure and Necessity,” the first subsection of “The Actualization of the Rational Self-Consciousness,” with a four-line quotation that is unmistakably derived from Goethe’s Faust. And, to push the matter further, the subsections that follow (“The Law of the Heart and the Frenzy of Self-Conceit” and “Virtue and the Way of the World”) involve figures, as well, that have seemed to many readers – Josiah Royce and Jean Hyppolite, to name two – to have literary parallels: Hegel seems to connect the figure of the “heart” in a series of allusions to the figure of Karl Moor in Schiller’s Robbers, and he sketches a comic “knight of virtue” who, although the resonance is looser, has reminded some readers (rightly, I shall argue in a moment) of Don Quixote.

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