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Transcendental Philosophy
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1. Introductory. The consideration that philosophy as knowledge of all reality in its principles, expresses itself through the medium of the concept, is of the very essence of philosophy and is as ancient as philosophical reflection itself. But the difference thus posited between concept and reality, being and thought, is an implicit questioning of philosophy itself, which remains insignificant as long as the spontaneous idealism and optimism of thought and knowledge is not radically called in qu…

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Hans Michael Baumgartner, “Transcendental Philosophy”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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