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Heidegger, Dilthey, and the Crisis of Historicism Paperback – July 10, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st edition (July 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801482607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801482601
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Taborsky on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There is very little material available on Neo Kantianism in English. This book, an exploration of the development of Heidegger's thought against the background of nineteenth century NeoKantianism (actually only the 'Baden' school) and historicism (Heidegger studied under the NeoKantian Heinrich Rickert ), is one of the few.

The book in general is a lucid and valuable exploration some of the roots of Heidegger's thinking; however, it strikes me that there are a number of conceptual confusions in the book. For instance, in the long opening chapter we are told on one page that modernist thought 'is punctuated by a peculiarly historicist understanding of time as a linear, rosary bead sequence of cause and effect', while only a page later we are told that 'the modern experience of history is acausal, discontinuous, and ironic'.

Likewise, we read about 'the historicist narrative of progressive and unitary time', but this seems to conflict with the relativism and attention to events in their historical singularity that historicism is said to have ushered in.

Bambach wishes to see Heidegger as a key figure in the transition from a modernist to a post-modernist understanding (this thought should give us pause, however, considering Heidegger's own criticisms of another thinker often linked with post-modernism, namely Nietzsche) but also admits that the distinction between the two categories is 'slippery', and admits that both are essentially reactive in character. But these interesting thoughts from the introduction are not developed in the rest of the book; if these terms are vague, it would seem unwise to continue to rely on them to shape one's analysis.

Rickert, Heidegger's NeoKantian teacher, comes in for a lot of criticism (following Heidegger).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Charles R. Bambach has done us a kindness by providing us with this detailed, ambitious, and thoroughly readable treasure of scholarship. He demonstrates, above all, the kind of scholarly precision and erudition that is sorely lacking in most books on Heidegger. This book is a must read for anyone interested in 19th and 20th century philosophy of history. It is far superior to its only comparable predecessor, Jeffrey A. Barash's "Heidegger and the Problem of Historical Meaning."
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that the thread of the argument is inscrutable at times. The overall point, of course, is quite clear, but one tends to become lost in the details. The last chapter on Heidegger is particularly flawed in this respect.
All the same, this book is a new departure in Heidegger scholarship, and ought to be well-received by all.
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