The German Historicist Tradition

Paperback | February 25, 2015

byFrederick C. Beiser

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This is the first full study in English of the German historicist tradition. Frederick C. Beiser surveys the major German thinkers on history from the middle of the eighteenth century until the early twentieth century, providing an introduction to each thinker and the main issues ininterpreting and appraising his thought. The volume offers new interpretations of well-known philosophers such as Johann Gottfried Herder and Max Weber, and introduces others who are scarcely known at all, including J. A. Chladenius, Justus Moser, Heinrich Rickert, and Emil Lask. Beyond anexploration of the historical and intellectual context of each thinker, Beiser illuminates the sources and reasons for the movement of German historicism - one of the great revolutions in modern Western thought, and the source of our historical understanding of the human world.

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This is the first full study in English of the German historicist tradition. Frederick C. Beiser surveys the major German thinkers on history from the middle of the eighteenth century until the early twentieth century, providing an introduction to each thinker and the main issues ininterpreting and appraising his thought. The volume of...

Frederick C. Beiser studied for his BA and DPhil at Oxford. He has taught at seven universities during his career - Penn, Wisconsin, Colorado, Indiana, Yale, Harvard and Syracuse - and has researched for many years in Germany, where he was a recipient of Thyssen and Humboldt fellowships.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:612 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:February 25, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198709412

ISBN - 13:9780198709411

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Concept and Context of Historicism1. Chladenius and the New Science of History2. Justus Moser and the Roots of Historicism3. Herder's Historicism, its Genesis and Development4. Humboldt the Proteus5. Savigny and the Historical School of Law6. Ranke's Romantic Philosophy7. The Historics of Johann Gustav Droysen8. Dilthey and the Foundations of the Human Sciences9. Wilhelm Windelband and the Forces of History10. Rickert and the Philosophy of Value11. Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo-Kantianism12. Simmel's Early Philosophy of History13. Max Weber and the End of the Historicist TraditionBibliography

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"this book exhibits the stylistic virtues that readers have come to expect from Beiser's work, above all the virtue of clarity of exposition" --Corey McCall, Philosophy in Review