1830-1848: The End of Metaphysics as a Transformation of Culture

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The question of 'the end of metaphysics' is generally considered as a central issue concerning the nature and significance of "philosophy as such", and, accordingly, as belonging to the realm of 'pure' or 'fundamental' philosophy. By contrast, this book investigates to what extent the end of metaphysics might be related to specific influences from outside philosophy. Focusing on the period between 1830 and 1848, it argues that metaphysics was not so much challenged by internal philosophical argument, but rather by a transformation of Western culture in its entirety. Metaphysics was overtaken by the modern spirit of the age. In consequence, this book approaches 'the end of metaphysics' as a problem of the philosophy of culture. Three historians of culture provide an overview and analysis of the 'Age of Revolution' by focusing upon the political revolution in France, the industrial revolution in England and the intellectual revolution in Germany respectively. The proclamations of the end of metaphysics by Auguste Comte, Friedrich Engels and Otto Friedrich Gruppe are shown to mirror this threefold cultural transformation. Against this backdrop, the "idea" of the end of metaphysics is brought into relief as a "historical reality" during the years 1830 to 1848. The editors are members of the Centre for Metaphysics and Culture at the University of Antwerp .

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WALTER JAESCHKE is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the Ruhr-University, Bochum. He is the Director of the Hegel Archives in Bochum and a renowned Hegel scholar. He has published on Hegel and German Idealism, and edited many texts for the Collected Works of Hegel. As editor of the series Philosophisch-literarische Streitsachen he has put together numerous volumes of source material on the origin, development and collapse of German Idealism.

GEERT VAN EEKERT is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Antwerp. He habilitated in 1996 with a study on the neo-Kantian E. Cassirer. He published on Kant, Cassirer and Heidegger. He is co-editor of Op het ritme van de oneindigheid (Leuven, 2000). He is preparing the publication of a Dutch translation of Kant's Die Religion innerhalb der Grenzen der bloßen Vernunft. He is committee member of the Centre for German Idealism, and member of the Internationale Ernst Cassirer Gesellschaft.

PATRICK KARL O'BRIEN is Centennial Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics (University of London). He is Convenor of the Programme in Global History at the Institute of Historical Research. He has extensively published on the industrial revolution in Britain and on the Continent. He is editor of Urban Achievement in Early Modern Europe (2001), Atlas of World History (1999), The Industrial Revolution and British Society (1994) and the two-volume The Industrial Revolution in Europe (1994).

PAMELA PILBEAM is Professor of French History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a leading British expert on mid-19th century France. Her most recent books include The 1830 Revolution in France (1991), Republicanism in Nineteenth-Century France, 1814-1871 (1995), Themes in Modern European History 1780-1830 (1995), The Constitutional Monarchy in France, 1814-48 (1999), French socialists before Marx (2000) and Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks (2002).

KOENRAAD VERRYCKEN is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Antwerp. His main field of interest is the history of metaphysics in general, and of Neoplatonic metaphysics in particular. His publications include two monographs on Philoponus - De vroegere Philoponus. Een studie van het Alexandrijnse Neoplatonisme (1994) and Alexandrië 529. Philoponus en het einde van de antieke filosofie (1998) - and Filosofie als levenshouding (2000).

BERND WITTE is Professor at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where he holds the chair of modern German languages and literature. He habilitated with a study on the work of Walter Benjamin, and is the author of a renowned biography of Walter Benjamin [Walter Benjamin : An Intellectual Biography] (1991). He has written various books and essays on modern German literature and literary theory, on the revolutionary literature of the first half of the 19th century and in particular on Heinrich Heine. He is chairman of the International Walter Benjamin Society.

GUIDO VANHEESWIJCK is Professor of Philosophy at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven. He habilitated on the concept of metaphysics in the works of R.G. Collingwood. His publications include, among others, Metafysica als een historische discipline. De actualiteit van R.G. Collingwoods 'hervormde' metafysica (1993), Lachen om de wereld. Dwarsliggers in het Europese denken (1993) and Voorbij het onbehagen. Ressentiment en christendom (2002). He is member of the Collingwood Society, of the Editorial Board of Collingwood Studies and chief editor of the series Uitgelezen filosofen.

HERBERT DE VRIESE is attached to the University of Antwerp as research assistant at the Centre for Metaphysics and Culture. He is working on a philosophical research project on the end of metaphysics in post-hegelian philosophy. For the moment he is preparing publications on Schopenhauer, Gruppe, the Young Hegelian critique of metaphysics and the end of metaphysics in contemporary debate.

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