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Jacob Freudenthal

Jacob Freudenthal

Bodenfelde 1839 - Screiberhau 1907


Jacob Freudenthal, philosopher and historian of philosophy, full professor in Wrocław (1888); interpreter and biographer of Spinoza; he studied in particular Spinoza’s sources in scholasticism.

Main works: Über den Begriff der Φαντασία bei Aristoteles (1863); Die Flavius Josephus Beigelegte Schrift über die Herrschaft der Vernunft (1869); Hellenistische Studien (1875-1879); Über die Theologie des Xenophanes (1886); Die Lebensgeschichte Spinozas (1899); Über den Text der Lucasschen Biographie Spinozas («Zeitschrift für Philosophie und philosophische Kritik», CXXVI, 1905, pp. 189-208); Spinoza. Leben und Lehre (19272).

Bibliography: C. Gebhardt, Jacob Freudenthal, The Hague [s.n.t] 1922; C Schapkow, L’œuvre et la vie de Spinoza comme paradigme scientifique et fondement d’une identité juive secularisée chez Heinrich Graetz et Jacob Freudenthal, «Revue germanique internationale», XVII, 2002, pp. 193-202.



Vademecum Philosophicum, darin die kürzlich erworbenen Bibliotheken: W. Diltheys, Otto Liebmann, W. Münch, K. Lasswitz, G. Thiele, und Bücher aus den früher erworbenen Bibliotheken: Max Heinze, Eduard Zeller, H. Ebbinghaus, Jac. Freudenthal, Ed. von Hartmann, Th. Vogt, G. und O. Frick, Leipzig, Lorentz 1913, 168 p.

The catalogue groups together the libraries of Dilthey, Liebmann, Münch, Lasswitz and Thiele, adding works from the libraries of Heinze, Zeller, Ebbinghaus, Freudenthal, Hartmann, Vogt, G. and O. Frick. The origin of each volume is not indicated.
The organization of the second part of the catalogue is particularly interesting. It is by far the longest (pp. 16-168), so that it represents a sophisticated bibliographic repertory. The authors are placed in alphabetical order (A. v. Helmersen, H. v. Helmholtz, H. F. Helmolt, Helvétius, etc.) and their works are marked by progressive numbers (12,566 bibliographic descriptions). Critical studies are often associated to single authors (for example, the forty titles of works by Spinoza are immediately followed by 97 texts of secondary literature). The list also contains some key words which refer back to authors of works connected to that topic: after A. Spir, there are therefore the key words "Spiritismus" and "Spiritualismus", after R. Sporbert there is the key word ‘Sprachphilosophie’. Some works are marked with an indication to consult a certain key word as well (the work of Agrippa von Nettesheim is marked with the indication to consult the key word "Geheimwissenschaften"). The repertory is divided into two different sections.


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