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Od epistemologii do krytycznej analizy dziejów Studium filozofii Léona Brunschvicga
From epistemology to a critical analysis of the history. A study of Léon Brunschvicg’s philosophy

Author(s): Marta Ples-Bęben
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Epistemology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The subject-matter of the very work is Léon Brunschvicg’s (1869—1944)philosophy of critical idealism. The analyses presented are centred aroundthe main theme of Brunschvicg’s considerations, that is a theory-cognitivereflection, based on the history of the progress of human awareness. Themain aim is to show the relationship between particular elements constitutingLéon Brunschvicg’s philosophical conception. Works coming from differentperiods of his writings, seemingly concerning problem areas distantfrom one another (theory of cognition, forms of spiritual life, history of particularspirit forms) are subsequent realization stages of one project, thestarting point of which was determined by Brunschvicg at the beginning ofhis philosophical path. The very project, founded on theory-cognitive assumptions,worked out in a dissertation La modalité du jugement, is a criticalreflection on the history of human thought, enabling a thought oncognition and reason manifesting in the history of knowledge. This way,transcendentalism in Brunschvicg’s philosophy, understood as a critical reflectionon cognition, combines with studies on the history of reason manifestingin human activity of any kind.Considerations presented in the book are above all analyses based onsource texts: Léon Brunschvicg’s dissertations and articles. Apart from themain aim of the work, presented before, additional aims are realized suchas considering the very conception in the context of neo-Kantian or positivistphilosophy, treating it as transcendentalism and showing visiblereferences to the trend of French epistemology, being in favour of the continuingconception of knowledge development or relating it to ImmanuelKant’s and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s philosophy.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8012-547-6
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-226-2100-4
  • Page Count: 164
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish