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By Andrea Poma

Hermann Cohen’s philosophy has now, ultimately, bought the popularity it merits. His proposal absolutely has all of the features of a vintage. It confronted the good difficulties of philosophical culture, with complete severe know-how and while, with the ability to open up new, unique routes. It represents one of many final expressions of significant systematic idea. The papers amassed during this quantity take care of diversified features of Cohen’s inspiration, moral, political, aesthetic and spiritual aspectsin specific. despite the fact that all of them symbolize makes an attempt to stick with the ever-present presence of sure very important issues in Cohen and their ability for holding meanings that can't be restricted to a unmarried philosophical sphere: subject matters which are keys to interpreting cohesion of idea in his notion, that's extra deeply imbedded than the outside architectural harmony of his paintings. the quest for the basic issues at the back of Cohen is a crucial job, if we want to see this thinker as a present-day important aspect of reference.

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In J 2 175-192/W 17 577-601; quotation p. 184/589. 60 H. COHEN, Deutschtum und Judentum. , J 2 295/W 16 552. e. social justice and equality, the federation of states and perpetual peace: «Germanism must become the focal point of a federation of states, which will be the foundation of peace in the world, where the true foundation of a civilised world will be laid. 61 The ideal constituting the essence and meaning of Germanism thus coincides with the messianic ideal of the Kingdom of God. It can be said that, paradoxically, the choice of Israel, which was not made to bring about religious and political isolation, but for the «divine choice of humanity»,62 will bring its universalist task to fulfilment by means of ethical realisation of the German state.

109. 43 If general logic is knowledge of this «being in general» as the ground of «particular knowledge of the object», religion, on the other hand, draws on this «beyond being», this «limit», not in its function as foundation of every limitation and determination, but rather in the opposite direction, as identical, unconditioned unity, beyond any limitation. Here, then, the primacy of the meaning of idea as Píõðüèåôïí over idea as hypothesis is evident and explicit: «This is the idea of creation.

1. Readers will find there more detailed treatment of the themes touched on above. 27 Paul Natorp: Zu Cohens Logik, k in H. HOLZHEY, op. , Bd. 2, pp. 5-78. , pp. 299. , p. 11. 32 CHAPTER TWO Plato (in the Phaedo) did not only conceive of pure knowledge, his “ideas”, as hypotheses, foundations, originative positions of thought, but then (in The Republic) coherently returned from ideas a to the idea, from foundations n to the foundation with no presuppositions u at all, from pure positions of thought (Lø ) to the pure position of thought (aªtØj š Løgoj), to ground and (in his words) radically anchor all of them in this.

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