Hegel's Idealism

The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness

Hegel's Idealism

This is the most important book on Hegel to have appeared in the past ten years. The author offers a completely new interpretation of Hegel's idealism that focuses on Hegel's appropriation and development of Kant's theoretical project. Hegel is presented neither as a pre-critical metaphysician nor as a social theorist, but as a critical philosopher whose disagreements with Kant, especially on the issue of intuitions, enrich the idealist arguments against empiricism, realism, and naturalism. In the face of the dismissal of absolute idealism as either unintelligible or implausible, Pippin explains and defends an original account of the philosophical basis for Hegel's claims about the historical and social nature of self-consciousness and of knowledge itself.


"...the scholarship on which the book is based is first-rate and the presentation is genuinely philosophical...the book is an important one, and one any serious advanced student of German Idealism will have to read." Professor Raymond Geuss, Columbia University

"This is an important book, not only for our understanding of Kant and Hegel, but for the insights it provides into our current self-image as philosophers and historians of philosophy." Stephen Priest, Times Higher Education Supplement

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