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Selected Works by Cohen

For a complete bibliography of Cohen’s works, see Holzhey 1986, 1.355–383.

  • 1977–2005, Werke. H. Holzhey and H. Weidebach (eds.), Hildesheim: G. Olms.
  • 1871a, “Zur Controverse zwischen Trendelenburg und Kuno Fischer,” [“On the Controversy between Trendelenburg and Kuno Fischer,”] Zeitschrift für Völkerpsychologie and Sprachewissenschaft, 7 (1871): 249–296.
  • 1871b/1885, Kants Theorie der Erfahrung, [Kant’s Theory of Experience,] Berlin: Dümmler. [One central chapter of the 1885 edition is translated as 2015, “The Synthetic Principles,” D. Hyder (trans.), in S. Luft (ed.), The Neo-Kantian Reader, Oxford: Routledge.] (Scholar)
  • 1873, Die systematische Begriffe in Kants vorkritische Schriften nach ihrem Verhältniss zum kritischen Idealismus, [Systematic Concepts in Kant’s Pre-critical Writings according to their relation to Critical Idealism], Berlin: Dümmler. (Scholar)
  • 1877, Kants Begründung der Ethik [Kant’s Grounding of Ethics], Berlin: Dümmler. (Scholar)
  • 1878, “Platons Ideenlehre und die Mathematik,” [“Plato’s Doctrine of Ideas and Mathematics,”] Rectoratsprogramm der Univerisität Marburg, Marburg: Elwertsche.
  • 1883, Das Prinzip der Infinitesimal-Methode and seine Geschichte: Ein Kapitel zur Grundlegung der Erkenntniskritik, [The Principle of the Infinitesimal Method and its History: a Chapter of the Foundations of the Critique of Knowledge,] Berlin: Dümmler. [A short selection is translated as 2015, “Introduction,” D. Hyder and L. Patton (trans.), in S. Luft (ed.), The Neo-Kantian Reader, Oxford: Routledge.] (Scholar)
  • 1889, Kants Begründung der Ästhetik, [Kant’s Foundations of the Aesthetics,] Berlin: Dümmler. (Scholar)
  • 1902a, System der Philosophie, Erster Teil: Logik der reinen Erkenntnis, [System of Philosophy, First Part: Logic of Pure Knowledge,] Berlin: Bruno Cassirer.
  • 1902b, “Biographisches Vorwort und kritischem Nachtrag,” [“Biographical Forward and Critical Supplement,”] in F.A. Lange, Geschichte des Materialismus und Kritik seiner Bedeutung in der Gegenwart, Iserlohn und Leipzig: Baedeker.
  • 1904/1907, System der Philosophie, Zweiter Teil: Ethik der reinen Willens. [System of Philosophy, Second Part: Ethics of Pure Will,] Berlin: Bruno Cassirer.
  • 1907, Kommentar zu Immanuel Kants Kritik der reinen Vernunft, [Commentary on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason,] Leipzig: Meiner. (Scholar)
  • 1912, System der Philosophie, Dritter Teil: Ästhetik der reinen Gefühls, [System of Philosophy, Third Part: Aesthetic of Pure Feeling,] Berlin: Bruno Cassirer.
  • 1915, Der Begriffe der Religion im System der Philosophie, [The Concept of Religion in System of Philosophy,] Geissen: Töpelmann.
  • 1919, Die Religion der Vernunft aus den Quellen des Judentums, Leipzig: Fock. Translated as: Cohen H., 1972, Religion of Reason: Out of the Sources of Judaism, trans. Simon Kaplan, New York: Frederick Unger. (Scholar)
  • 1924, Jüdische Schriften, ed. B. Strauss, Berlin: Schwetschke. Partially translated as: Cohen, H., 1971, Reason and Hope: Selections from the Jewish Writings of Hermann Cohen, trans. Eva Jospe, New York: Norton and Norton. (Scholar)
  • 1971 (1908), “Charakteristik der Ethik Maimunis,” in W. Bacher, M. Brann, D. Simonsen, and J. Guttman (eds.), Moses ben Maimon: Sein Leben, seine Werke, und seine Einfluss, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. Translated as: Cohen H., 2004, Ethics of Maimonides, trans. with extensive commentary A. Sh. Bruckstein, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. (Scholar)

Selected Secondary Literature

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General Commentary

Kant Interpretation, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science

Ethics, Political Theory, and Aesthetics

  • Gibbs, R. (ed.), 2006, Hermann Cohen’s Ethics, Boston, MA: Brill Academic Publishing. (Scholar)
  • Guyer, P., 2008, “What Happened to Kant in Neo-Kantian Aesthetics? Cohen, Cohn, and Dilthey,” The Philosophical Forum, 39(2): 143–176. (Scholar)
  • de Launey, M., 2005, “The Statute of Music in Hermann Cohen’s Ästhetik,” in R. Munk (ed.), Hermann Cohen’s Critical Idealism, Dordrecht: Springer. (Scholar)
  • van der Linden, H., 1988, Kantian Ethics and Socialism, Indianapolis, IN: Hackett. (Scholar)
  • Moynahan, G., 2018, “The Challenge of Psychology in the Development of Cohen’s System of Philosophy and the Marburg School Project”, in C. Damböck (ed.), Philosophie und Wissenschaft bei Hermann Cohen/Philosophy and Science in Hermann Cohen, Cham: Springer, pp. 41–75. (Scholar)
  • Nahme, P., 2019, Hermann Cohen and the Crisis of Liberalism: The Enchantment of the Public Sphere, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. (Scholar)
  • Poma, A., 2000, “Lyric Poetry and Prayer” in H. Holzhey, G. Motzkin, and H. Wiedebach (eds.), “Religion der Vernunft aus den Quellen des Judentums”: Tradition und Ursprungsdenken in Hermann Cohens Spätwerk, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006, Yearning for Form and Other Essays on Hermann Cohen’s Thought, Dordrecht: Springer. (Scholar)
  • Schwarzschild, S., 1975, “The Tenability of Herman [sic] Cohen’s Construction of the Self,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 13: 361–384. (Scholar)
  • Trochimska-Kubacka, B., 2018, “Hermann Cohen’s Critical Exposition of Kant’s Critique of Taste,” in D. Kubok (ed.), Thinking Critically: What Does it Mean?, Berlin: De Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • Vatter, M., 2017, “Nationality, State and Global Constitutionalism in Hermann Cohen’s Wartime Writings,” in M. Sharpe, R. Jeffs, and J. Reynolds (eds.), 100 Years of European Philosophy Since the Great War: Crisis and Reconfigurations, Cham: Springer. (Scholar)
  • Wiedebach, H., 1997, Die Bedeutung der Nationalität für Hermann Cohen, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2002, “Aesthetics in Religion: Remarks on Hermann Cohen’s Theory of Jewish Existence,” The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 11(1): 63–73. (Scholar)


  • Bernstein-Nahar, A., 1998, “Hermann Cohen’s Teaching Concerning Modern Jewish Identity (1904–1918),” in Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, 43(1): 25–46. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006, “In the Name of a Narrative Education: Hermann Cohen and Historicism Reconsidered,” in R. Gibbs, Hermann Cohen’s Ethics, Boston, MA: Brill Academic Publishing. (Scholar)
  • Bonaunet, K., 2004, Hermann Cohen’s Kantian Philosophy of Religion, Bern: Peter Lang. (Scholar)
  • Dietrich, W., 1986, Cohen and Troeltsch: Ethical Monotheistic Religion and Theory of Culture, Providence, RI: Brown University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000, “Preface,” in M. Zank, The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen, Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies. (Scholar)
  • Erlewine, R., 2010, “Hermann Cohen, Maimonides, and the Jewish Virtue of Humility,” Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 18(1): 27–47. (Scholar)
  • Holzey, H., 2000, “Der systematische Ort der Religion der Vernunft im Gesamptwerk Hermann Cohens,” in H. Holzhey, G. Motzkin, and H. Wiedebach (eds.), “Religion der Vernunft aus den Quellen des Judentums”: Tradition und Ursprungsdenken in Hermann Cohens Spätwerk, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • Holzhey, H., Motzkin, G., and Wiedebach, H. (eds.), “Religion der Vernunft aus den Quellen des Judentums”: Tradition und Ursprungsdenken in Hermann Cohens Spätwerk, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • Horwitz, R, 2000, “Two Models of Atonement in Cohen’s Religion of Reason: One according to Ezekiel, the other ”joyful sufferings“ according to Job,” in H. Holzhey, G. Motzkin, and H. Wiedebach (eds.), “Religion der Vernunft aus den Quellen des Judentums”: Tradition und Ursprungsdenken in Hermann Cohens Spätwerk, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • Kepnes, S., 2007, Jewish Liturgical Reasoning, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Kluback, W., 1884, Hermann Cohen: The Challenge of a Religion of Reason, Atlanta, GA: Scholar’s Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1987, The Idea of Humanity: Hermann Cohen’s Legacy to Philosophy and Theology, Lanham, MD: University Press of America. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1989, The Legacy of Hermann Cohen, Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press. (Scholar)
  • Melber, J., 1968, Hermann Cohen’s Philosophy of Judaism, New York, NY: Yeshiva University Press. (Scholar)
  • Moses, S. and Wiedebach, H. (eds.), 1997, Hermann Cohen’s Philosophy of Religion, Hildesheim: Georg Olms. (Scholar)
  • Rosenzweig, F., 1924, “Einleitung,” in B. Strauss, Hermann Cohens Jüdische Schriften, Berlin: Schwetchke. (Scholar)
  • Schwarzschild, S., 1979, “‘Germanism and Judaism’ — Hermann Cohen’s Normative Paradigm of the German-Jewish Symbiosis,” in D. Bronson (ed.), Jews and Germans from 1860 to 1933: The Problematic Symbiosis, Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universität. (Scholar)
  • Vial, M and M. Hadley (eds.), 2001, Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell Dietrich, Providence, RI: Brown University Press. (Scholar)
  • Weiss, D., 2012, Paradox and the Prophets: Hermann Cohen and the Indirect Communication of Religion, Oxford, Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Zank, M., 1996, “‘The Individual as I’ in Hermann Cohen’s Jewish Thought,” The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 5(2): 281–296. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000, The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen, Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies. (Scholar)

Other Works Cited

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