Review of S.J. McGrath and Joseph Carew (eds.), Rethinking German Idealism (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

James Scott Johnston


These are exciting times for the philosophy and historiography of German Idealism. While in the first half of the 20th century, scholars have been content to provide stand-alone works on single thinkers (itself a very important task), we see since Dieter Henrich’s Hegel im Kontext a trend that involves the setting of thinkers side by side in a constructive dialogue. While not every thinker gets an equal share of the time (or is placed on equal footing), the trend is towards more equitable exegeses. Rethinking German Idealism is no exception. While the editors did not set out to overtly juxtapose various thinkers and programs of German Idealism in the text, they did set out to create a dialogue amongst them, and the upshot of this dialogue serves nicely as an example of such juxtaposition.

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