German Idealism: An Anthology and Guide

Beginning with the publication of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and extending through to Hegel’s death, the period known as German Idealism signaled the end of an epoch of rationalism, empiricism, and enlightenment—and the beginning of a new “critical” period of philosophy. The most comprehensive anthology of this vital tradition to date, German Idealism brings together an expansive selection of readings from the tradition’s major figures like Kant, Hegel, Fichte, and Schelling.

Arranged thematically into sections on topics such as the relationships between self and knowledge, freedom and morality, law and state, and nature and science, to name a few, German Idealism discloses many of the contrasts that helped to differentiate each of the tradition’s key thinkers. Each expertly translated text comes with an editorial introduction to guide readers through many of the problems the texts specifically deal with, as well as their historical context.

The most accessible and expansive introduction to German Idealism ever, this anthology will be hailed by instructors and scholars as the most dependable guide to the tradition for years to come.

Table of Contents


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 the Spirit: Introduction

II. Freedom and Morality
5. Kant: Critique of Pure 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 the Spirit: Lordship and Bondage
8. Schelling: Philosophical Investigations into the Essence of Human Freedom: The Concept of

III. Law and State
9. Kant: Metaphysics of Morals: Introduction to the Doctrine of Right; The Right of a State
10. Fichte: Foundations of Natural Right: Civil Society; The State
11. Hegel: Elements of the Philosophy of Right: Civil Society; The State

IV. Beauty and Art
12. Kant: Critique of Judgment: 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: The Characteristics of the Present Age: Lecture 1 and 2
19. Hegel: Lectures on the Philosophy of World History: Introduction

VI. Nature and Science
20. Kant: Critique of Judgment: Critique of Teleological Judgment
21. Schelling: Introduction to the Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature
22. Hegel: Existence: Philosophy of Nature: Introduction

VII. God and Religion
23. Kant: Critique of Practical Reason: The Existence of God as a Postulate of Pure Practical
24. Fichte: ’On the Foundation of Our beleif 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

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