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Late German IdealismTrendelenburg and Lotze$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682959.001.0001

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Early Metaphysics and Logic (Leipzig, 1839–1844)

Early Metaphysics and Logic (Leipzig, 1839–1844)

(p.153) 3 Early Metaphysics and Logic (Leipzig, 1839–1844)
Late German Idealism

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 is a discussion of Lotze’s early metaphysics and logic. One section is devoted to Lotze’s 1841 Metaphysik, an innovative text in the criticism of the metaphysical tradition and Hegelianism. Another section deals with Lotze’s early philosophy of physiology or the life sciences, especially his influential critique of the concept of Lebenskraft and his attempt to reconcile mechanical and teleological explanation. Still another section deals with Lotze’s 1843 Logik, attempting to specify how this text anticipates later developments in logic.

Keywords:   Lebenskraft, mechanism, teleology, truth functions, concepts, hypostasis, nihilism, ethical foundations of logic, judgment

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