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Karl Ameriks

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205349.001.0001

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Historical Constellations and Copernican Contexts

Historical Constellations and Copernican Contexts

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(p.289) 13 Historical Constellations and Copernican Contexts
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Kant and the Historical Turn
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205349.003.0014

This chapter discusses methodological issues concerning the most extensive research on this era, the massive ‘Jena Project’ directed by Dieter Henrich (who, along with Hans-Georg Gadamer, was one of Manfred Frank's teachers). After decades of very productive traditional scholarship on Kant and Hegel, Henrich turned to devoting most of his energy to guiding a detailed exploration of the various ‘constellations’ out of which the best-known German philosophies developed. The methodology of the Jena Project reflects three central features of the study of constellations in general: it emphasized groups, rather than isolated individuals, it worked to identify stars of enduring significance, and it aimed to discern patterns that are at first hidden.

Keywords:   Jena Project, Dieter Henrich, constellation research, Copernicanism

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