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This article discusses the philosophy of Max Scheler (1974–1928), a German philosopher known for his work in phenomenology, psychopathology, sociology, psychology, ethics, and philosophical anthropology. After a brief biographical sketch, the article focuses on Scheler’s philosophical trajectory, beginning with his undergraduate and postgraduate theses on some of the various realms of knowledge such as ethics, logic, psychology, and the transcendental approach of Immanuel Kant, and how he was influenced by Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological philosophy. It then examines Scheler’s two important treatises on the phenomenology of emotion and value: Zur Phänomenologie und Theorie der Sympathiegefühl und vom Liebe und Hass (On the Phenomenology and Theory of the Feeling of Sympathy and of Love and Hate) and Der Formalismus in der Ethik und die materiale Wertethik (Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values). Scheler’s works on philosophical anthropology, metaphysics, knowledge, and the realms of existence are also considered.
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