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German Idealism

An Anthology and Guide

Edited by Brian O'Connor, Georg Mohr

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This book brings together and introduces selections from the main philosophical writings of the German Idealists: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. As well as being the most comprehensive anthology of this period of the history of philosophy it also provides scholarly guides to all of the selected material.

Each of the selected texts comes with an editorial introduction to help the reader through the specific problems dealt with in the text as well as explaining its historical context. In addition there is an introductory essay which sets out the many challenges faced in any interpretation of the German Idealist period of philosophy.

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I Self and Knowledge
1. Kant: Critique of Pure Reason: Transcendental Deduction B
2. Fichte: Science of Knowledge: First Introduction
3. Schelling: 'Of the I as the Principle of Philosophy'
4. Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit: Introduction
II Freedom and Morality
5. Kant: Critique of Practical Reason: Of the Principles of Pure Practical Reason
6. Fichte: System of the Science of Ethics: Deduction of the Principle of Ethics
7. Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit: Lordship and Bondage
8. Schelling: Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom: The Concept of Freedom
III Law and State
9. Kant: Metaphysics of Morals: Introduction to the Doctrine of Right - The Right of a State
10. Fichte: The Foundations of Natural Right: Selections
11. Hegel: Elements of the Philosophy of Right: Civil Society
The State
IV Beauty and Art
12. Kant: Critique of Judgement: Analytic of the Beautiful
13. Schiller: On the Aesthetic Education of Man: Letters 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15
14. Schelling: System of Transcendental Idealism: Part VI (Essentials of the Philosophy of Art)
15. Hegel: Lectures on Aesthetics: Introduction
V History and Reason
16. Kant: 'Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View'
17. Schelling: System of Transcendental Idealism: Deduction of the Concept of History
18. Fichte: Characteristics of the Present Age: Lectures 1 and 2
19. Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of World History: Introduction
VI Nature and Science
20. Kant: Critique of Judgement: Critique of Teleological Judgement
21. Schelling: Introduction to the Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature
22. Hegel: Encyclopaedia: Philosophy of Nature: Introduction
VII God and Religion
23. Kant: Critique of Practical Reason: The Existence of God as a Postulate of Pure Practical Reason
24. Fichte: 'On the Foundation of Our Belief in a Divine Government of the World'
25. Schelling: The Ages of the World: The Eternal Life of the Godhead
26. Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: The Relation of the Philosophy of Religion to the Current Principles of the Religious Consciousness
The Concept of Religion: Select Bibliography

About the Author

Brian O'Connor is College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University College Dublin. He is Editor of The Adorno Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 2000) and Adorno's Negative Dialectic (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Georg Mohr is with the Department of Philosophy, University of Bremen, Germany


This is a welcome and helpful collection of key texts by the four great German Idealists which will be a very valuable resource for students and teachers alike.
- Stephen Houlgate, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick