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Name  Heinrich Rickert
Influenced by  Alois Riehl
Parents  Heinrich Rickert
Role  Philosopher

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Born  May 25, 1863 (1863-05-25) Danzig, Prussia (now Gdansk, Poland)
Notable ideas  Qualitative distinction held to be made between historical and scientific facts
Died  July 25, 1936, Heidelberg, Germany
Influenced  George Vernadsky, Martin Heidegger, Max Weber
Books  Die Grenzen der Naturwissenschaftlichen Begriffsbildung

Schools of thought  Neo-Kantianism

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Heinrich John Rickert ( [ˈʀɪkɐt]; 25 May 1863 – 25 July 1936) was a German philosopher, one of the leading Neo-Kantians.



Rickert was born in Danzig, Prussia (now Gdańsk, Poland) and died in Heidelberg, Germany. He was professor of philosophy at the University of Freiburg (1894–1915) and Heidelberg (1915–1932).


He is known for his discussion of a qualitative distinction held to be made between historical and scientific facts. Contrary to philosophers like Nietzsche and Bergson, Rickert emphasized that values demand a distance from life, and that what Bergson, Dilthey or Simmel called "vital values" were not true values.

Rickert's philosophy was an important influence on the work of sociologist Max Weber. Weber is said to have borrowed much of his methodology, including the concept of the ideal type, from Rickert's work. Also, Martin Heidegger started out his academic career as Rickert's assistant, graduated with him and then wrote his habilitation thesis under Rickert.

Charles R. Bambach writes:

In his work Rickert, like Dilthey, intended to offer a unifying theory of knowledge which, although accepting a division between science and history or Natur and Geist, overcame this division in a new philosophical method. For Dilthey the method was wedded to hermeneutics; for Rickert it was the transcendental method of Kant.

Rickert, with Wilhelm Windelband, led the so-called Baden School of Neo-Kantians.


  • Zur Lehre von der Definition (1888). Center for Research libraries, 2nd. ed., 1915. 3rd ed., 1929.
  • Der Gegenstand der Erkenntnis: ein Beitrag zum Problem der philosophischen Transcendenz (1892). Google (UCal)
  • 2nd ed., 1904: Der Gegenstand der Erkenntnis: Einführung in die Transzendentalphilosophie. Google (UMich)
  • Die Grenzen der naturwissenschaftlichen Begriffsbildung (1896–1902). 2 volumes. Google (NYPL) 2nd ed., 1913.
  • (in English) The Limits of Concept Formation in Natural Science (1986). (Tr. Guy Oakes.) ISBN 0-521-25139-7
  • Fichtes Atheismusstreit und die kantische Philosophie (1899). Google (UCal) IA (UToronto)
  • Kulturwissenschaft und Naturwissenschaft (1899). 6th/7th revised and expanded ed., 1926.
  • (in English) Science and history: A critique of positivist epistemology (1962). (Tr. George Reisman.)
  • "Geschichtsphilosophie" in Die Philosophie im Beginn des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts (1905). 2 volumes. Vol. 2, pp. 51–135
  • Die Probleme der Geschichtsphilosophie: eine Einführung, 3rd ed., 1924. New ed.: Celtis Verlag, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-944253-01-5
  • Wilhelm Windelband (1915).
  • Die Philosophie des Lebens: Darstellung und Kritik der philosophischen Modeströmungen unserer Zeit (1920). IA (UToronto) 2nd ed., 1922.
  • Allgemeine Grundlegung der Philosophie (1921). [System der Philosophie vol. 1]
  • Kant als Philosoph der modernen Kultur (1924).
  • Über die Welt der Erfahrung (1927).
  • Die Logik des Prädikats und das Problem der Ontologie (1930).
  • Die Heidelberger Tradition in der Deutschen Philosophie (1931).
  • Goethes Faust (1932).
  • Grundprobleme der Philosophie: Methodologie, Ontologie, Anthropologie (1934). ISBN 3-86550-985-1
  • Unmittelbarkeit und Sinndeutung (1939).
  • References

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