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Brunschvicg, Léon (1869–1944)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


French idealist theologian and historian of philosophy and science, Professor of Philosophy at the Sorbonne and École Normale Supérieure. Brunschvicg rejected Kant's transcendental deduction of the categories as an abstract universal account of the conditions of knowledge in favor of a Hegelian reflective understanding of the progress of human consciousness in history. In applying this approach to the philosophy of science, he sought to reconcile idealism and positivism. His main works include The Progress of Consciousness (1927). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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