German Philosophers contains studies of four of the most important German theorists: Kant, arguably the most influential modern philosopher; Hegel, whose philosophy inspired a vision of a communist society that for more than one hundred years enlivened revolutionary movements around the world; Schopenhauer, renowned for his pessimistic view that for human individual non-existence would be preferable; and Nietzsche, who has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people. Written by leading scholars in the field, German Philosophers is the only work to bring together texts on the four philosophers who represent a central school of German philosophy. With a Foreword by Sir Keith Thomas and extensive notes for further reading, this handy volume serves as an easy-to-use introduction for the beginning philosophy student and a quick and comprehensive reference for scholars.
Roger Scruton is Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. His books include Spinoza, Sexual Desire, and Modern Philosophy, along with several works of fiction. Peter Singer is DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is best known for his book Animal Liberation, sometimes called 'the Bible of the modern animal movement'. His other books include Practical Ethics, Hegel, How Are We to Live?, Ethics into Action and A Darwinian Left? He is also the author of the major article on ethics in the current edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Christopher Janaway is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy (1989) and Images of Excellence: Plato's Critique of the Arts (1995). Michael Tanner is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College and a University Lecturer in Philosophy at Cambridge. His publications include A Critical History of Opera (forthcoming) and Wagner (1995).