Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ii-iv

Table of Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

There is no doubt that an essential, indispensable conviction of the adherents of critical philosophy is that philosophy is rational. This conviction is one of the reasons why critical philosophy has been included in contemporary criticism of the presumption of many schools of thought ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

I wish to thank those whose help made the completion of this book much less difficult and much more stimulating: Prof. Giuseppe Riconda, who followed the development of my work at every stage, offering encouragement, advice, and criticism. Our friendly, fruitful philosophical ...

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The Interpretation of Kant

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pp. 1-20

The problem of Cohen's reception of Kant should first be placed, briefly, within the context of the widespread Kantian movement which flourished in German philosophy in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries. The confines, contents, ...

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The Interpretation of Plato

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pp. 21-36

Cohen's "further investigation"! of Kant's critical idealism byway of his reading of Plato began with the brief but intense 1878 essay Platons Ideenlehre und die Mathematik. Cohen had been showing interest in Plato since the beginning of his philosophical studies. His first unpublished ...

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The New Interpretation of Kant and the Definition of Critical Idealism

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pp. 37-53

The second edition of. Kants Theone der Eifahrung, which was published in 1885, is far more than a mere revision and correction of the 1871 version. It contains the results of additional historical and theoretical investigations, carried out by Cohen in the intervening years. In this way he ...

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Critical Idealism

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pp. 55-78

Apart from critical philosophy, Cohen also used the term critical idealism to define his thought. Bearing this in mind, it is worthwhile pausing to examine the category of idealism, to explain how Cohen used it to determine the fundamental characteristics of his philosophy and evaluate ...

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Logic

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pp. 79-102

If one approaches the first volume of Cohen's philosophical system1 with the aim of finding the characteristics of critical philosophy in it, the first thing that one cannot fail to notice is that, in this book, Cohen rejects his previous description of transcendental philosophy as a critique ...

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Ethics

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pp. 103-130

The best way of highlighting the critical meaning of Cohen's ethics is to begin with his interpretation of and departures from Kant's ethics, following the same procedure as in the previous chapter on logic. As has already been noted, in 1877, Cohen published Kants Begriindung der ...

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Aesthetics, Psychology, and Critical System

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pp. 131-155

The principle of truth, which I treated in its manifold aspects and meanings in the previous chapter, already endows Cohen's logic and ethics with a systematic character. However, he did not believe that these two branches were sufficient for critical philosophy. His system was ...

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The Philosophy of Religion and the System of Philosophy

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pp. 157-169

One of the most interesting problems in the interpretation of Cohen, on which opinions differ, often considerably, and which is still open, is that of whether there was continuity or a break between his last works on the philosophy of religion and his system. Either standpoint involves the ...

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The Uniqueness of God and Correlation

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pp. 171-198

If Cohen preferred the concept of the 'unique' God to that of 'one' God for the God of monotheism,1 it is not simply for reasons of terminology, but concerns the fundamental meaning of religion. The unity of God indicates the opposition of monotheism to polytheism: only one ...

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Man in Correlation with God

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pp. 199-233

We have already referred to Cohen's idea of the complementarity between Jewish monotheism and scientific idealism. It is neither a question of overcoming it nor even less of antithesis, but rather one of expansion and enrichment. The peculiarity of monotheism, interpreted as ...

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Messianism and History

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pp. 235-261

Cohen saw Jewish messianism as the source of inspiration of the idea of universal history: "Messianism must be considered as a creation of ideas brought about by the prophetic concept of history. The concept of history is a creation of the prophetic idea. If one bears this in mind, then the ...

Abbreviations

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pp. 263-265

Notes

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pp. 267-316

Index of Names

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pp. 317-320

Back Cover

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