Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy

Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy

Edited by Rudolf A Makkreel and Sebastian Luft
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-22144-5
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This comprehensive treatment of Neo-Kantianism discusses the main topics and key figures of the movement and their intersection with other 20th-century philosophers. With the advent of phenomenology, existentialism, and the Frankfurt School, Neo-Kantianism was deemed too narrowly academic and science-oriented to compete with new directions in philosophy. These essays bring Neo-Kantianism back into contemporary philosophical discourse. They expand current views of the Neo-Kantians and reassess the movement and the philosophical traditions emerging from it. This groundbreaking volume provides new and important insights into the history of philosophy, the scope of transcendental thought, and Neo-Kantian influence on the sciences and intellectual culture.

Author Bio

Rudolf A. Makkreel is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He is author of Dilthey, Philosopher of the Human Studies and Imagination and Interpretation in Kant.

Sebastian Luft is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University and author of "Phänomenologie der Phänomenologie."


“This comprehensive treatment discusses the main topics and key figures of this movement and their intersection with other 20th-century philosophers, bringing Neo-Kantianism back into contemporary philosophical discourse. ”

“Both 'analytic' and 'continental' philosophy have turned to Neo-Kantianism as crucial to understanding their origins and critical to their own self-evaluations.”
 — Stephen H. Watson, University of Notre Dame

“The extraordinary range of philosophers covered here is striking, from the physicist-cum-philosopher Hermann von Helmholtz to the axiologist and historian of philosophy Wilhelm Windelband.”
 — European Journal of Philosophy

“Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy makes a significant contribution to this growing literature, and even accomplishes the more ambitious task of showing how Neo-Kantian thought can contribute to current debates. XXX (2010), no. 4”
 — Philosophy in Review

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Table of Contents


Introduction / Rudolf A. Makkreel and Sebastian Luft

Part 1. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Neo-Kantianism
1. Neo-Kantianism and Phenomenology: The Problem of Intuition / Helmut Holzhey
2. The Hermeneutics of Perception in Cassirer, Heidegger, and Husserl / Rudolf Bernet
3. Reconstruction and Reduction: Natorp and Husserl on Method and the Question of Subjectivity / Sebastian Luft
4. The Neo-Kantian Heritage in Gadamer / Jean Grondin

Part 2. The Nature of Transcendental Philosophy
5. Interpreting Kant Correctly: On the Kant of the Neo-Kantians / Manfred Kühn
6. The Highest Principle and the Principle of Origin in Hermann Cohen's Theoretical Philosophy / Jürgen Stolzenberg
7. Transcendental Logic and Minimal Empiricism: Lask and McDowell on the Unboundedness of the Conceptual / Steven G. Crowell

Part 3. The Neo-Kantians and the Sciences
8. Ernst Cassirer and Thomas Kuhn: The Neo-Kantian Tradition in the History and Philosophy of Science / Michael Friedman
9. To Reach for Metaphysics: <E,ACU>mile Boutroux's Philosophy of Science / Fabien Capeillères

Part 4. History, Culture, and Value
10. Wilhelm Dilthey and the Neo-Kantians: On the Conceptual Distinctions between Geisteswissenschaften and Kulturwissenschaften / Rudolf A. Makkreel
11. The Multiplicity of Virtues and the Problem of Unity in Hermann Cohen's Ethics and Philosophy of Religion / Reiner Wiehl
12. Is Cassirer a Neo-Kantian Methodologically Speaking? / Massimo Ferrari

List of Contributors

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