Dieter Henrich

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Dieter Henrich
Born (1927-01-05) 5 January 1927 (age 92)
Alma materUniversity of Marburg
University of Frankfurt
University of Heidelberg
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolRevival of
German Idealism[1]
InstitutionsUniversity of Munich
University of Berlin
University of Heidelberg
Harvard University
Columbia University
ThesisThe Unity of Max Weber's Epistemology (1950)
Doctoral advisorHans-Georg Gadamer
Main interests
Philosophy of subjectivity, history of philosophy, aesthetics
Notable ideas
Das wissende Selbstverhältnis
(the epistemic self-relation) · The transcendental subject as a primordial selfhood · Fichte's original insight (the self must already have some prior acquaintance with itself, independent of the act of reflection; identifying activity as prior to reflection)[2] · Kant's fallacy (attempting to ground the self in pure reflection; positing the moment of self-reflection as the original source of self-knowledge)
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Dieter Henrich (born 5 January 1927) is a German philosopher. A contemporary thinker in the tradition of German Idealism, Henrich is "one of the most respected and frequently cited philosophers in Germany today. His extensive and highly innovative studies of German Idealism and his systematic analyses of subjectivity have significantly impacted on advanced German philosophical and theological debates."[3]

Life and work[edit]

Henrich studied philosophy between 1946 and 1950 at Marburg, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. He completed his PhD dissertation at Heidelberg in 1950 under the supervision of Hans-Georg Gadamer. The title of his thesis was Die Einheit der Wissenschaftslehre Max Webers (The Unity of Max Weber's Epistemology). A professor at the universities of Munich, Berlin and Heidelberg, he has also been a visiting professor to universities in the United States, such as Harvard and Columbia.


Major works[edit]

  • Die Situation der Historie und Max Webers Methodenlehre aus: Archiv für Philosophie 1949 3; 400–409.
  • Die Einheit der Wissenschaftslehre Max Webers. Tübingen (J.C.B. Mohr). 1952.
  • Hegel im Kontext. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1971.
  • Der Grund im Bewußtsein. Untersuchungen zu Hölderlins Denken (1794/95). Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1992. ISBN 3-608-91613-X (2. erw. Aufl. 2004)
  • The Unity of Reason: Essays on Kant's Philosophy, Harvard University Press, 1994. ISBN 0674929055
  • Versuch über Kunst und Leben. Subjektivität - Weltverstehen - Kunst. München: Carl Hanser, 2001. ISBN 3-446-19857-1
  • Fixpunkte. Abhandlungen und Essays zur Theorie der Kunst. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2003. ISBN 3-518-29210-2
  • (with David S. Pacini) Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism. Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN 0674007735
  • Grundlegung aus dem Ich. Untersuchungen zur Vorgeschichte des Idealismus. Tübingen - Jena 1790-1794. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2004. ISBN 3-518-58384-0
  • Die Philosophie im Prozeß der Kultur. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 2006. ISBN 978-3-518-29412-3
  • Endlichkeit und Sammlung des Lebens, Mohr Siebeck, 2009 ISBN 978-3-16-149948-7


  1. ^ Redding, Paul: "German Philosophy" (Monash University).
  2. ^ Proposed in Dieter Henrich. "Fichte's Original Insight", Contemporary German Philosophy 1 (1982), 15–52 (translation of Henrich, Dieter (1966), "Fichtes ursprüngliche Einsicht", in: Subjektivität und Metaphysik. Festschrift für Wolfgang Cramer edited by D. Henrich und H. Wagner, Frankfurt/M., pp. 188–232).
  3. ^ Freundlieb, Dieter (2003). Dieter Henrich and Contemporary Philosophy: The Return to Subjectivity. Routledge. p. 206. ISBN 978-0754613442.
  4. ^ Henrich, Dieter (2009). Endlichkeit und Sammlung des Lebens. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. p. 149. ISBN 978-3-16-149948-7.


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