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Hegel's Century

Alienation and Recognition in a Time of Revolution

Author(s): Jon Stewart

ISBN: 9781316519981
Publication Date: 28-10-2021
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The remarkable lectures that Hegel gave in Berlin in the 1820s generated an exciting intellectual atmosphere which lasted for decades. From the 1830s, many students flocked to Berlin to study with people who had studied with Hegel, and both his original students, such as Feuerbach and Bauer, and later arrivals including Kierkegaard, Engels, Bakunin, and Marx, evolved into leading nineteenth-century thinkers. Jon Stewart's panoramic study of Hegel's deep influence upon the nineteenth century in turn reveals what that century contributed to the wider history of philosophy. It shows how Hegel's notions of 'alienation' and 'recognition' became the central motifs for the era's thinking; how these concepts spilled over into other fields – like religion, politics, literature, and drama; and how they created a cultural phenomenon so rich and pervasive that it can truly be called 'Hegel's century.' This book is required reading for historians of ideas as well as of philosophy.

  • A lively and compelling new interpretation not just of Hegel but of nineteenth-century philosophy as a whole by a foremost philosopher and intellectual historian
  • Will have immense appeal not just to philosophers but also to historians of ideas and culture: and is accessible enough to be of value to graduate students as well as scholars
  • A big, important, panoramic book written with zest and brio; it can be used as a helpful entrée to some of the most philosophically creative minds of the nineteenth century