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The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880

Frederick C. Beiser


This book tells the story of the emergence of neo-Kantianism from the late 1790s until the 1880s; it is about neo-Kantianism before official or familiar neo-Kantianism, that is, before the formation of the various schools of neo-Kantianism in the 1880s and 1890s (viz. the Marburg school, the Southwestern school, the Göttingen school). The source of neo-Kantianism, the book argues, lies in three crucial but neglected figures: Jakob Friedrich Fries, Johann Friedrich Herbart and Friedrich Eduard Beneke, who together form what the text calls “the lost tradition”. They are the first neo-Kantians be ... More

Keywords: neo-Kantianism, psychologism, normativity, crisis of philosophy, materialism controversy, transcendental idealism, speculative idealism, lost tradition, Darwinism, pessimism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198722205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick C. Beiser, author
Syracuse University, New York