Hegel by Terry Pinkard
A Biography

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One of the founders of modern philosophical thought Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) has gained the reputation of being one of the most abstruse and impenetrable of thinkers. This first major biography of Hegel in English offers not only a complete, up-to-date account of the life, but also an overview of the key philosophical concepts in Hegel's work in an accessible style. Terry Pinkard situates Hegel firmly in the historical context of his times. The story of that life is of an ambitious, powerful thinker living in a period of great tumult dominated by the figure of Napolean. Pinkard explores Hegel's interactions with some of the great minds of this period: Hölderlin, Goethe, Humboldt, Schelling, Novalis, the Schlegels, Mendelssohn, and others. Throughout, he avoids Hegal's own famously technical jargon in order to display the full sweep and power of Hegel's thought. Terry Pinkard is professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University and is author/editor of five previous books, the most recent being ^UHegel's Phenomenology (Cambridge, 1996). He is honorary Professor of the Philosophy Faculty of TÜbingen University, Germany and serves on the advisory board for the Zeitschrift fÜr Philosophique Forschung.
 

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Pinkard is professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.
 
Published March 28, 2000 by Cambridge University Press. 800 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Law & Philosophy, Travel. Non-fiction

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Hegel scholar Pinkard (a professor of philosophy at Georgetown) presents his deep knowledge of the ""paradigmatically obscure"" German philosopher (1770-1831) to the broad reading public.

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The New York Review of Books

Until recently the only substantial biography of Hegel was the one brought out by his follower Karl Rosenkranz in 1844, thirteen years after Hegel’s death.

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The Phenomenology is taken as a work in theory of knowledge, but with an important difference: Hegel shares with the tradition, according to Pinkard, the general task of discovering how knowledge claims can be justified in respect to their referential objects, i.e., a project of looking for the g...

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Having already made an important contribution to Hegel scholarship with his book, Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason, Terry Pinkard has now published an outstanding biography of the great nineteenth century thinker.

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Like many Hegel anecdotes, this one is a slight exaggeration (he got out in plenty of time), perpetrated by Hegel himself for dramatic effect.

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