Late German Idealism: Trendelenburg and Lotze

2014.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Frederick C. Beiser, Late German Idealism: Trendelenburg and Lotze, Oxford University Press, 2013, 333pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.06.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Frederick C. Beiser, Late German Idealism: Trendelenburg and Lotze, Oxford University Press, 2013, 333pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682959. Reviewed by Edward Kanterian, University of Kent There is a widespread prejudice that studying the history of philosophy is not philosophy, or at any rate not serious philosophy. It should be left to intellectual historians and so-called continental philosophers, understood to be, at best, poets, and at worst, fuzzy and bad thinkers, who can afford to waste their time on antiquated, boring texts. Although offering the excuse to read less than one should, there are various problems with this view. There is the obvious point that studying past thinkers can allow us to tap into an immense pool of inspiring ideas and discover overlooked alternatives to our own conceptions. It can also help us become aware of fundamental presuppositions of our own thinking and indeed. . .

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