Contemporary Thought of Germany - Vol. 1

Contemporary Thought of Germany - Vol. 1

Contemporary Thought of Germany - Vol. 1

Contemporary Thought of Germany - Vol. 1

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The following pages are the result of many years of reflection on the contemporary thought of Germany. I was fortunate in being introduced to the subject by three of the great teachers of Jena-- Rudolf Eucken, Otto Liebmann, and Max Scheler. These teachers set me on the track of the philosophical thought of Germany from the time of Kant to the close of the nineteenth century. I have constantly tried to carry down this work as to include the work of contemporary thinkers of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, lack of space compelled me to be exceedingly brief with regard to several writers, especially as the number of thinkers was very large. Some of the writers of the twentieth century are included in the volume simply because their teaching was most closely allied to those who had gone before them. Volume II will deal with present-day writers who have made important contributions in the various branches of the philosophical sciences and of religion.

In a work of this kind I am, of course, indebted to many sources of information. In the first place, the most important works of most of the thinkers are known to me. In the second place, I have not hesitated to transcribe (after, I hope, assimilating) from "books about books". I have found the histories of such men as Kuno Fischer, Windelband, Eucken, Eisler, Siebert, Külpe, and others of great help. It has been my main aim to present the philosophical thought in as simple a manner as . . .

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