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Hermann Jecheskel Cohen

Birthplace: Coswig, Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Death: April 04, 1918 (75)
Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Gershon Cohen and Friederike Cohen
Husband of Martha Cohen

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About Hermann Cohen

Hermann Cohen (4 July 1842 – 4 April 1918) was a German-Jewish philosopher, one of the founders of the Marburg School of Neo-Kantianism, and he is often held to be "probably the most important Jewish philosopher of the nineteenth century"

Cohen was born in Coswig, Anhalt. He early began to study philosophy, and soon became known as a profound student of Kant. He was educated at the Gymnasium at Dessau, at the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau, and at the universities of Breslau, Berlin, and Halle.

IHe was one of the founders of the "Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaft des Judenthums", which held its first meeting in Berlin in November 1902.

Cohen edited and published Friedrich Albert Lange's final philosophical work (Logische Cohen was outspokenly opposed to Zionism and its aspiration to create a Jewish state and thus "return the Jews to History". In his view, Judaism was inherently a-historical, with a spiritual and moral mission far transcending the nationalist aims of Zionism. Despite the above attitude to Zionism, Tel Aviv has a Hermann Cohen Street. . . . More


  1. • "Die Platonische Ideenlehre Psychologisch Entwickelt," in "Zeitschrift für Völkerpsychologie," 1866, iv. 9 ("Platonic Ideal Theorie Psychologically Developed")
  2. • "Mythologische Vorstellungen von Gott und Seele," ib. 1869 ("Mythological Concepts of God and the Soul")
  3. • "Die dichterische Phantasie und der Mechanismus des Bewusstseins," ib.("Poetic Fantasy and Mechanisms of Consciousness")
  4. • "Zur Kontroverse zwischen Trendelenburg und Kuno Fischer," ib. 1871 ("On the controversy between Trendelenburg and Kuno Fischer")
  5. • Kant's Theorie der Erfahrung, Berlin, 1871; 2d ed., 1885 ("Kant's Theory of Experience").
  6. • "Platon's Ideenlehre und die Mathematik," Marburg, 1878 ("Mathematics and Theory of Platonic Ideals")
  7. • Kant's Begründung der Ethik, Berlin, 1877 ("Kant's Foundations of Ethics")
  8. • Das Prinzip der Infinitesimalmethode und seine Geschichte: ein Kapitel zur Grundlegung der Erkenntnisskritik, Berlin, 1883 ("The Principle of the Method of Infintesmals and its History: A Chapter Contributed to Critical Perception")
  9. • "Von Kant's Einfluss auf die Deutsche Kultur," Berlin, 1883 ("On Kant's Influence on German Culture")
  10. • Kant's Begründung der Aesthetik, Berlin, 1889 ("Kant's Foundations of Aesthetics")
  11. • "Zur Orientierung in den Losen Blättern aus Kant's Nachlass," in "Philosophische Monatshefte," 1890, xx. ("An Orientation to the Loose Pages from Kant's Literary Estate")
  12. • "Leopold Schmidt," in "Neue Jahrbücher für Philologie und Pädagogik," 1896, cliv.


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Hermann Cohen's Timeline

July 4, 1842
Coswig, Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
April 4, 1918
Age 75
Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Germany