The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880

Hardcover | December 27, 2014

byFrederick C. Beiser

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Frederick C. Beiser tells the story of the emergence of neo-Kantianism from the late 1790s until the 1880s. He focuses on neo-Kantianism before official or familiar neo-Kantianism, i.e., before the formation of the various schools of neo-Kantianism in the 1880s and 1890s (which included theMarburg school, the Southwestern school, and the Gottingen school). Beiser argues that the source of neo-Kantianism lies in three crucial but neglected figures: Jakob Friedrich Fries, Johann Friedrich Herbart, and Friedrich Beneke, who together form what he calls "the lost tradition". They are thefirst neo-Kantians because they defended Kant's limits on knowledge against the excesses of speculative idealism, because they upheld Kant's dualisms against their many critics, and because they adhered to Kant's transcendental idealism. Much of The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880 is devoted to an explanation for the rise of neo-Kantianism. Beiser contends that it became a greater force in the decades from 1840 to 1860 in response to three major developments in German culture: the collapse of speculative idealism; thematerialism controversy; and the identity crisis of philosophy. As he goes on to argue, after the 1860s neo-Kantianism became a major philosophical force because of its response to two later cultural developments: the rise of pessimism and Darwinism.

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Frederick C. Beiser tells the story of the emergence of neo-Kantianism from the late 1790s until the 1880s. He focuses on neo-Kantianism before official or familiar neo-Kantianism, i.e., before the formation of the various schools of neo-Kantianism in the 1880s and 1890s (which included theMarburg school, the Southwestern school, and t...

Frederick C. Beiser was born and raised in the US, and studied in the UK at Oriel and Wolfson Colleges, Oxford. He also studied in Germany and lived in Berlin for many years, receiving stipends from the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Humboldt Stiftung. He has taught in universities across the US, and is currently Professor of Philosop...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General Introduction: Defining and Re-Examining Neo-KantianismPart IIntroduction: The Lost Tradition1. Jakob Friedrich Fries and the Birth of Psychologism2. Johann Friedrich Herbart, Neo-Kantian Metaphysician3. Friedrich Eduard Beneke, Neo-Kantian Martyr4. The Interim YearsPart IIIntroduction: The Coming of Age5. Kuno Fischer, Hegelian Neo-Kantian6. Eduard Zeller, Neo-Kantian Classicist7. Rehabilitating Otto Liebmann8. Jurgen Bona Meyer, Neo-Kantian Skeptic9. Friedrich Albert Lange, Poet and Materialist Manque10. The Battle against Pessimism11. Encounter with DarwinismPart IIIIntroduction: The New Establishment12. The Young Hermann Cohen13. Wilhelm Windelband and Normativity14. The Realism of Alois RiehlBibliography I: Primary SourcesBibliography II: Secondary Sources