Space of Culture: Towards a Neo Kantian Philosophy Culture

Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press UK (2015)
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Sebastian Luft presents and defends the philosophy of culture championed by the Marburg School of Neo-Kantianism. Following a historical trajectory from Hermann Cohen to Paul Natorp and through to Ernst Cassirer, this book makes a systematic case for the viability and attractiveness of a philosophical culture in a transcendental vein, in the manner in which the Marburgers intended to broaden Kant's approach.



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The Intoduction presents the task and purpose of a philosophy of culture, following Kant. It introduces the topic of culture through a meditation on this topic as it has been discussed following the famous trope of the “two cultures.” It then introduces the main ideas of a philosophy of cu... see more

Hermann Cohen

Chapter 1 lays out the main tenet of the Marburg School: to conceive of transcendental philosophy as predominantly a philosophical method, the “transcendental method” in clear adherence to Kant, a term, which, due to its own trajectory through Natorp and Cassirer, is referred to as the “Ma... see more

Paul Natorp and the Broadening of the Marburg Method

This chapter lays out the critique that Natorp had of his collaborator, but also highlights what was, to Natorp, undoubtedly his most original project, a transcendental psychology. This psychology is, to this day, the best-known part of his thought and was also of most influence on his con... see more

The System of Symbolic Formation and the Philosophy of Culture

The metaphilosophical discussion, in this chapter, focuses on the main points of contention that have been raised against Cassirer’s system and discusses them in an ordered manner. This presentation is clearly sympathetic with Cassirer. While not all objections can be refuted, the general ... see more

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