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Self-Consciousness and Objectivity: An Introduction to Absolute Idealism

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2018.07.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sebastian Rödl, Self-Consciousness and Objectivity: An Introduction to Absolute Idealism, Harvard University Press, 2018, 198 pp., $45.00, ISBN 9780674976511. Reviewed by Peter Thielke, Pomona College You likely don't think that you're an absolute idealist, though if Sebastian Rödl is right, you are already one, though almost certainly unbeknownst to yourself. This is a central claim of the volume under review. The title might suggest a survey of 18th and 19th C. German thought, but while Rödl tangentially draws on several of these historical figures, his book is emphatically not a work in the history of philosophy. It is rather an incredibly ambitious attempt to show not just that Absolute Idealism has been roundly misunderstood, but also that such a view is the only coherent form that philosophy can take. This is, to put it mildly, a highly contentious and initially counterintuitive claim, but in the... . . .

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