Emil Lask

Lask, Emil


Born Sept. 25, 1875, in Wadowice, Kraków Województwo; died May 26, 1915, in Galicia. German philosopher. Representative of neo-Kantianism. Student of W. Windelband and H. Rickert. Professor at the University of Heidelberg (1910).

Rejecting the Kantian concept of “thing-in-itself,” Lask attempted to preserve the concept of objective ideal being as a transcendental logical structure found in consciousness but existing independently of it and attainable through intuition. Lask linked the theory of ideal being with the theory of value, which he interpreted in the spirit of E. Husserl’s phenomenology. Lask defined philosophy as theories of values, since, according to Lask, in the sphere of ideal being everything is intentional in nature and may be reduced to the concept of value.


Die Logik der Philosophie und die Kategorienlehre. Tübingen, 1911.
Die Lehre vom Urteil. Tübingen, 1912.
Gesammelte Schriften, vols. 1–3. Tübingen, 1923–24.


Herrigel, E. “E. Lasks Wertsystem.” Logos, 1923–24, vol. 12.


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A strong indication of this equivocation is the way Rickert virtually disappears as the book progresses, while Emil Lask receives no more than two scant references.
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