Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo‐Kantianism

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Emil Lask and the End of Southwestern Neo‐Kantianism

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This chapter considers the tragic figure of Emil Lask (1875–1915), who was the culminating figure of Southwestern neo‐Kantianism. Central to the neo‐Kantian movement was its concepts of normativity and value, which were used as counterweights against the threat of historicism. In his early years Lask adopted these concepts, but he gradually grew out of them, subjecting them to severe criticism. This chapter considers Lask's early intellectual development, where he formulates his views about law and the logic of history; but it also treats his later views, especially his theory of judgment, where he rejects the neo‐Kantian theory of value.

Keywords: Emil Lask; theory of judgment; hiatus irrationalis; normativity; practical reason; naturalism; Copernican Revolution; natural law; legal theory

Chapter.  13739 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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