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Hegel: A Reinterpretation

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Early Development & Influences
First Seven Essays
The Phenomenology
The Logic
The System
Hegel on History
Documentaion, or Hegel's Development in
Letters & Contemporary Reports
Preface to the Phenomenolgy/Commentary
"Who Thinks Abstractly?"/Translation
Published January 1st 1966 by DoubleDay (first published 1965)
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Erik Graff
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Western philosophy
Recommended to Erik by: reading a lot of Kaufmann, then starting the Phenomenology
Shelves: philosophy
Walter Kaufmann was one of the great popularizers of western philosophy and probably best known as the foremost translater of Nietzsche into English. Less known, but every bit as readable as his biography of Nietzsche, is his book on Hegel, another neo-Kantian, and, like Kant and unlike Nietzsche, a formidable system-builder. If Hegel is intimidating, check out this sensible appropriation of him, the proceed.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
We don't always know it, but both the 20th century and America owe a debt of gratitude to Kaufmann's irreproachable translations and interpretations of German culture. His Hegel volume is exemplary in this regard: to one already versed in the annals of idealism it has little to offer except brevity and concision; to those seeking entry Kaufmann provides a guide that adroitly balances an uncompromising fidelity to the subject matter with the demand for popularization. I would hazard that within ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As with Kaufmann's pedantic Goethe, Kant, Hegel, this book suffers from an obsessive interest in the ever-changing table of contents for successive editions of its subject's books. Page after page are given over to analysis of the TOC for Hegel's Logic, without virtually any analysis of its content. This is all pretty hilarious since not even thirty pages into the Phenomenology's Preface does Hegel satirize the Understanding as "in its pigeon-holing process... it can never hope to learn more... ...more
Garrett Dunnington
Ironically I can appreciate Hegel as a systematic philosopher.
August Denys
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, history
I have for a while now tried to read some of Hegel's work. I have a copy of his Phenomenology of Spirit I have found copies of his Science of Logic on the internet, however, I have always paused while reading his work. Most of the pauses were due to feeling inadequate in order to tackle the things present in the text, yet one of the things that has preoccupied my own mind that caused to to pick up this book on Hegel is what in Hegel made the term "Dialectic" so prevalent. As I found this book in ...more
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Walter Arnold Kaufmann was a German-American philosopher, translator, and poet. A prolific author, he wrote extensively on a broad range of subjects, such as authenticity and death, moral philosophy and existentialism, theism and atheism, Christianity and Judaism, as well as philosophy and literature. He served for over 30 years as a Professor at Princeton University.

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