“The book contains a virtually exhaustive bibliography on the secondary literature on Scheler in the English language. It is characterized throughout by such careful scholarship and philosophical creativity that it constitutes a major achievement in Scheler scholarship.”
Tapio Puolimatka, Philosophi Reformata
“My interest in [Max] Scheler's critique of Kant runs back nearly a decade.... The more I read of Scheler, the more I began to see the value of a project dealing with his critique of Kant in Der Formalismus in der Ethik und die Materiale Wetethik, which would possess the virtue of focusing in a single project three important strands of philosophical interest: phenomenology, Kantianism, and ethics. ...
"The study is divided into six chapters and two appendices. Each of the chapters constituting the body of the work contains a brief analysis of the Kantian position or discussion of the basic questions at issue in it, an exposition of Scheler's critique of the Kantian position and its presuppositions, and a detailed appraisal of Scheler's critique.”—from the introduction by the author
Philip Blosser is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lenoir-Rhyne College. Born in China and raised in Japan, he is a graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo and received his M.A. from Villanova University, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University. His publications include an anthology entitled Of Friendship: Philosophic Selections on a Perennial Concern and Japanese and Western Phenomenology.
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