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Hartmann, Nicolai (1882–1950)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-N089-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Nicolai Hartmann’s intellectual trajectory was similar to that of his contemporary, Heidegger. He abandoned his early Neo-Kantian concern with knowledge and its foundations in favour of ‘ontology’, a study of the being of entities. Unlike Heidegger he assigned no ontological priority to human beings. Human beings are the highest level of entities, perched precariously above the physical, organic and animal levels, but conferring meaning and value on an otherwise meaningless and Godless universe.

Citing this article:
Inwood, Michael. Hartmann, Nicolai (1882–1950), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-N089-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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