Wilhelm Windelband and the Forces of History

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Wilhelm Windelband and the Forces of History

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This chapter is an account of the historical views of Wilhelm Windelband (1848–1915), who was the leader of the Southwestern school of neo‐Kantianism. The first sections treat the relation between neo‐Kantianism and historicism. Rising historicism became a grave threat to the neo‐Kantian belief in the authority of reason. This chapter examines Windelband's attempt to respond to this threat: his concept of normativity. It also considers his theory of historical discourse, his famous distinction between the idiographic and nomothetic.

Keywords: Wilhelm Windelband; normativity; ideographic; nomothetic; relativism; neo‐Kantianism

Chapter.  14734 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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