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Starting with Hegel by Craig B. Matarrese


Starting with Hegel by Craig B. Matarrese

This title presents a new introduction to Hegel, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work by examining the overall development of his ideas. G.W.F. Hegel is without doubt one of the most important and influential thinkers in the whole history of philosophy. Covering all the key concepts of his work, Starting with Hegel provides an accessible introduction to this hugely significant thinker. Thematically structured, the book leads the reader through a thorough overview of the development of Hegel's thought. Craig B. Matarrese shows how the questions that guided his early writings in fact shaped his entire career and thereby offers a more thorough understanding of the roots of his philosophical concerns. Providing coverage of the full range of Hegel's ideas, the book offers detailed examinations of all his key texts, including The Phenomenology of Spirit and The Philosophy of Right . Crucially the book introduces the major thinkers and events that proved influential in the development of Hegel's thought, including Kant, Schiller, Fichte, Schelling, the French Revolution, the Enlightenment and romanticism. This is the ideal introduction for anyone coming to the work of this hugely important thinker for the first time. Continuum's Starting with... series offers clear, concise and accessible introductions to the key thinkers in philosophy. The books explore and illuminate the roots of each philosopher's work and ideas, leading readers to a thorough understanding of the key influences and philosophical foundations from which his or her thought developed. Ideal for first-year students starting out in philosophy, the series will serve as the ideal companion to study of this fascinating subject.


Prof. Matarrese has written a lively, stimulating, and accessible introduction to Hegel that rivals the best books of this kind on the market today. His prose is lucid and jargon-free; his chapters are well organized and stimulating. He covers a wide variety of Hegel's texts, at a level suitable for students new to the study of Hegel. He also provides a vivid sense of the goals of Hegel's philosophy and how each book contributed to them. I heartily recommend the book to anyone interested in Hegel's thought. - William R. Schroeder, University of Illinois, USA Matarrese has given anyone wanting or needing an introduction to Hegel a very good one, that should work at any level. Students taking courses on Hegel should find it both accessible and helpful, those teaching them will be grateful for it, and philosophers wondering whether Hegel is worth looking into should have no doubt that he is after reading it. - Richard Schacht, University of Illinois, USA

About the Author

Craig B. Matarrese is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Minnesota State University, USA.

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Publication date

17th December 2009


Craig B. Matarrese

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


192 pages


Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900



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