The Transcendental Method and its Ultimate Justification in the Light of Discussion between Paul Natorp and Hermann Cohen

Wojciech Hanuszkiewicz

The aim of this paper is to analyse the differences in an approach to the issue of transcendental method, which can be found in the neokantian thought of Hermann Cohen and Paul Natorp. The author of the paper argues that the basic difference lies in a different way of determining the boundaries of transcendental deduction. Cohen sees this boundary in the absolute impossibility of ultimate justification of thinking, while Natorp subordinates his investigations to the ideal of ultimate justification (letzte Begründung).

DOI: 10.37240/AHFiMS.2019.64.10


Keywords: Hermann Cohen · Paul Natorp · transcendental method · ultimate justification

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