The book served its purpose. I wanted to learn about Idealism and I did. I used the book as a jumping off point to read a number of other articles (such as the Stanford Plato entries) and to watch a number of great videos on Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel and others.
So, in that regard, it was useful book.
It was, however, especially in the section on Kant and Hegel, a bit of a drudge. The author was quite scrupulous detailing various parts of these philosophies, but provided little to no overarching discussion. It seems like a slight more emphasis on synthesizing these theories and presenting them to the reader in a less encyclopedic format would make this a much better book.
But; if you persevere this book will get you started down the path of understanding the German thinking.
- Paperback: 394 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (29 August 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521663814
- ISBN-13: 978-0521663816
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 667 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)