Philosophical Essays

Critic Rationalism as Historical-objective Transcendentalism- Edited by Fabio Minazzi- Translation from Italian by Richard Sadleir

by Fabio Minazzi (Author)
Monographs 326 Pages


These Philosophical Essays by Giulio Preti explore, with particular acuteness and originality, some of the major problems addressed by contemporary philosophy. Preti’s objective was to outline a «scientific» philosophy capable of embodying the rigour and concern for the factual found in scientific procedure.
His analysis engaged with the complex tradition of logical empiricism and he also devoted attention to pragmatism and the philosophy of praxis in early Marx. Preti succeeded in establishing a dialogue with these traditions of thought while also considering both Husserl’s early phenomenology and the methodical approach derived from Kantian and neo-Kantian transcendentalism.
He used this wide range of theoretical and practical horizons in innovative ways, presenting a critical metareflection receptive to these varying positions. In doing so Preti developed a new critical rationalism that incorporated a historical-objective transcendentalism.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (April)
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 326 pp., 1 ill.

Biographical notes

Fabio Minazzi (Author)

Giulio Preti (1911-1972) was the most eminent Italian representative of European critical rationalism. Engaged in a continuous critical dialogue with the epistemological debate stemming from logical empiricism, Preti occupied a unique position internationally. The Philosophical Essays are his ultimate expression of the practice of philosophy as a Socratic exercise of freedom and social responsibility. Fabio Minazzi is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, director of the Centro Internazionale Insubrico and a member of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences. He is a specialist in the European tradition of critical rationalism and has published on Galileo, Kant, Popper and Geymonat among others. His publications include over eighty authored or edited volumes and over 300 academic papers.


Title: Philosophical Essays