By Lewis White Beck
It is a entire historical past of German philosophy from its medieval beginnings to the overdue 18th century. In exploring the spirit of German highbrow lifestyles and its area of expertise from that of different international locations, the textual content devotes entire chapters to 4 of the nice philosophers - Nicholas of Cusa, Leibniz, Lessing and Kant - and widely examines many others, together with Albertus Magnus, Meister Eckhart, Paracelsus, Kepler, Mendelssohn, Wolff and Herder. wondering factors of philosophy by way of the racial or ethnic personality of its exponents, Beck's end is that German philosophy constructed as a sequence of various responses to the ancient reviews of the German humans. The peculiarities of German philosophy will be considered within the mild of German political difficulties and academic constructions. particularly Beck stresses the significance of the connections among philosophy and Germany's highbrow, literary, non secular and political heritage.
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