Julian Young is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, USA. He is the author of thirteen books including Schopenhauer (Routledge, 2005); Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography, which won the Association of American Publishers' 2010 PROSE award for philosophy; The Philosophy of Tragedy: from Plato to Zizek (2013); and The Death of God and the Meaning of Life (2nd edition 2014, Routledge).
'Julian Young's book on the history of twentieth-century Germanphilosophy is not only a precise, instructive and critical exposition of the work of Adorno, Husserl and Heidegger (among others). It is also a prime example of applied historiographical methodology with respect to some of these problems. Young's original approach to philosophical historiography resonates throughout the text. His remarkable sensitivity for political and theoretical issues expresses itself through a brilliant and clear prose.' - Francesco Pisano, Phenomenological Reviews 'An incomparably lucid, thoughtful, and provocative introduction to German philosophy in the early twentieth century. Nobody explains the historical contexts and inner dynamics of this period of philosophy more clearly than Julian Young; and no other book on the philosophical foundations of hermeneutics, phenomenology and critical theory is as comprehensive, accessible, and engrossing.' - Stephan Kaufer, Franklin & Marshall College, USA 'Julian Young shows that the distance between Frankfurt am Main to Freiburg im Breisgau is less than one thinks. Throughout the twentieth century, both critical theorists and phenomenologists were responding to Max Weber's modernity critique. Their paths intersected around a cluster of concepts whose family resemblances are unmistakable: rationalization, reification, enframing, one-dimensionality, crisis of humanity, crisis of authority, orientation crisis, etc. Young's account of these affinities is reliable and provocative.' - Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University Chicago, USA 'An invaluable map for those who wish to travel, with a judicious guide, from Frankfurt (critical theory) to Freiburg (phenomenology). Young's hypothesis that both philosophical traditions are responding to a crisis in modern life - a crisis of freedom, and perhaps more fundamentally, a crisis of meaning - provides an extremely helpful frame within which we can understand and assess the respective cures on offer in some of the very best philosophy of the last century.' - Joseph Schear, University of Oxford, UK