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This Cambridge Companion is an excellent supplement to those on Kant, Hegel, and Fichte. By concentrating on the influence of Kant and the reaction of subsequent philosophers and writers to the perceived dualism in his philosophy, this volume shows a coherence that is sometimes lacking in collections of essays. Individual authors waste no time in criticizing their subjects, but they make every effort to show how those subjects are related to other writers of the period. The relationship of German idealism to the arts and particularly to the Romantic movement is a major focus; in addition to one essay devoted strictly to the topic, another places Herder, Hamann, and Schiller in this context. The introduction and the first three chapters are devoted to Kant's place within the movement; great effort is made to show how the absolute idealism of Hegel (as well as contributions by Fichte and Schelling) grew out of his critical philosophy. Lesser-known philosophers such as Jacobi, Reinhold, Maimon, Holderlin, and Novalis are also treated. Ameriks (Univ. of Notre Dame) ends the volume with an essay on the reaction against idealism by Feuerbach, Marx, and Kierkegaard. Copious footnotes in each essay and a well-organized bibliography emphasizing recent publications and translations. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Reynolds; Brewton-Parker College
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