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The German Historicist Tradition$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.001.0001

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Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo‐Kantianism

Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo‐Kantianism

(p.442) 11 Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo‐Kantianism
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the tragic figure of Emil Lask (1875–1915), who was the culminating figure of Southwestern neo‐Kantianism. Central to the neo‐Kantian movement was its concepts of normativity and value, which were used as counterweights against the threat of historicism. In his early years Lask adopted these concepts, but he gradually grew out of them, subjecting them to severe criticism. This chapter considers Lask's early intellectual development, where he formulates his views about law and the logic of history; but it also treats his later views, especially his theory of judgment, where he rejects the neo‐Kantian theory of value.

Keywords:   Emil Lask, theory of judgment, hiatus irrationalis, normativity, practical reason, naturalism, Copernican Revolution, natural law, legal theory

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