Rickert and the Philosophy of Value

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Rickert and the Philosophy of Value

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This chapter is a close examination of the philosophy of value of Heinrich Rickert (1863–1936). The philosophy of value was an attempt to define and secure an ahistorical realm of values against the threats of naturalism and historicism. It placed values in an “irreal realm,” one independent of mental or physical reality. The chapter discusses Rickert's attempts to explain the meaning of this realm and its relation to reality. It also considers Rickert's early views regarding historical explanation and the limits of naturalism.

Keywords: Heinrich Rickert; theory of value; irreality; third realm; culture; naturalism; voluntarism; pragmatism; neo‐Kantianism

Chapter.  26501 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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