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By Jon Stewart

The heritage of Continental philosophy is frequently conceived as being represented by means of significant colleges: German idealism and phenomenology/existentialism. those faculties are usually juxtaposed in an effort to spotlight their purported radical variations. there's a usually held view that an abrupt holiday happened within the 19th century, leading to a disdainful rejection of idealism in all its kinds. This holiday is usually situated within the transition from Hegel to Kierkegaard. The historical past of philosophy within the first half the 19th century has therefore been learn as a grand war of words among the overambitious rationalistic process of Hegel and the devastating criticisms of it via Kierkegaard's philosophy of lifestyles.

This paintings goals to undermine this renowned view of the unconventional holiday among idealism and existentialism via a sequence of unique reviews in particular episodes of eu proposal. As an entire, this booklet represents a big try and reveal the lengthy shadow forged through Kant and Hegel over the next historical past of eu philosophy.

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In order to save Hegel, according to this strategy, one must first apologize for his excessive systematic pretensions, which amounts in most cases to forsaking the system altogether. Clearly, one cannot do away with the systematic structure of Hegel’s Phenomenology in such an offhanded manner and still hope to understand the text as Hegel intended it to be understood. Hegel is firmly committed to a systematic conception of philosophy, and thus if one is to attempt to interpret him by wholly abandoning his expressly stated intentions on this regard, then one must have very compelling reasons for doing so.

But, because they pushed on with thinking in this way, it turned out that the highest relationships in life were compromised by it. Thinking deprived what was positive of its power. Political constitutions fell victim to thought; religion was attacked by thought; firm religious notions that counted as totally genuine revelations were undermined, and in many minds the old faith was overthrown. 38 Here Hegel portrays philosophical reflection as a destructive influence on various aspects of society and culture at large.

A number of philosophical masterpieces were written under likewise trying circumstances. Boethius wrote the Consolation of Philosophy while awaiting the death sentence to be carried out; Condorcet wrote his systematic masterpiece, Sketch of a Historical Description of the Progress of the Human Spirit, under similar circumstances. The Golden Age of Roman literature 34 Idealism and Existentialism corresponds to the period of the bloody Civil Wars. Examples of writers and philosophers who were active during the World Wars in the twentieth century are too numerous to list.

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