Dieter Henrich

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Dieter Henrich
Born (1927-01-05) 5 January 1927 (age 88)
Marburg, Germany
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Revival of
German Idealism[1]
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) · Kant's fallacy (attempting to ground the self in pure reflection; positing the moment of self-reflection as the original source of self-knowledge)

Dieter Henrich (born 5 January 1927) is a German philosopher. A contemporary thinker in the tradition of German Idealism, Henrich is particularly known for the influence of Kant, Hegel and Fichte in his work.


Henrich studied philosophy between 1946 and 1950 at Marburg, Frankfurt and Heidelberg, writing his dissertation under the supervision of Hans-Georg Gadamer. 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.


In 2008, Henrich was awarded the Dr. Leopold Lucas Prize by the University of Tübingen.[2]

Major works[edit]

  • Die Situation der Historie und Max Webers Methodenlehre aus: Archiv für Philosophie 1949 3; 400–409.
  • Die Einheit der Wissenschafstlehre 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. ^ Henrich, Dieter (2009). Endlichkeit und Sammlung des Lebens. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. p. 149. ISBN 978-3-16-149948-7. 


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