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Hermann Cohen: An Intellectual Biography

Frederick C. Beiser


This book is the first complete intellectual biography of Hermann Cohen (1842–1918), the only one to cover all his major philosophical and Jewish writings. It pays special attention to Cohen’s intellectual development, to its breaks and continuities. From its beginning to its end, Cohen’s intellectual career is seen as the development of a radical rationalism, one committed to unending enquiry and the unlimited rights of criticism. Cohen’s thought was resolutely opposed to any form of irrationalism or mysticism, which would act as arbitrary and artificial limits on criticism and enquiry. This ... More

Keywords: radical rationalism, mysticism, proto-existentialism, cosmopolitanism, Judaism, criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198828167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198828167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick C. Beiser, author
Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University