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These two sections introduce you to the topic and the procedure of the book.

The book’s topic is the discovery of a secular absolute (that Steinvorth argues is the norm to be authentic) in philosophy, in particular by Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. The introduction defines absolutes and secularism (used synonymously with naturalism) and explains why the focus is on three philosophers who are rightly known to be idealists rather than naturalists.

The book’s procedure is both systematic and historical. It aims at an answer to the question whether there is an unconditional norm obliging also naturalists, looks at claims on absolute norms in history, and concludes with its own claim on an absolute norm.


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  • Ulrich Steinvorth
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  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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