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The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722205.001.0001

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The Realism of Alois Riehl

The Realism of Alois Riehl

(p.531) 14 The Realism of Alois Riehl
The Genesis of Neo-Kantianism, 1796-1880

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

Chapter 14 examines the philosophical development of Alois Riehl, a crucial figure in the development of both positivism and neo-Kantianism. The discussion focuses chiefly upon Riehl’s realism, which is the distinctive feature of his version of Kant’s transcendental idealism. I argue that Riehl’s realism is compatible with Kant’s transcendental idealism, and that Riehl himself believed this to be the case. He was not contradicting Kant but bringing out the realist dimension of his thought. Finally, I examine Riehl’s so-called positivism and whether he should be really regarded as a positivist. I argue that Riehl, in his later years, abandoned positivism for the sake of a more ethical approach to the problems of philosophy.

Keywords:   realism, positivism, transcendental idealism, space, critical monism, things-in-themselves

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