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Recent decades have seen a surge of interest in the development of German philosophy from Kant to Hegel. A remarkable share of responsibility for this rests with Dieter Henrich, whose influence stems from his unequaled historical learning and unfailing philosophical sophistication. In 1973, Henrich gave a course of lecture son German idealism at Harvard. David Pacini and others transcribed the lectures, Pacini edited the transcripts, and they have now been published as Between Kant and Hegel.

Those looking for a broad introduction to Henrich’s approach will find one that is both sophisticated and a pleasure to read. Specialists and advanced student so fGerman idealism will already be familiar with many of Henrich’s insights published elsewhere, And they will be aware of many developments that have occurred since 1973, from Henrich’s own later work to important alternative accounts of this material. But Henrich’s broad account remains both lively and of great continuing importance. Readers of all backgrounds will probably agree on one main regret: the lectures get so involved in detailed coverage of Fichte’s many revisions to his system that there is insufficient space left for the later idealists.


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