Kuno Fischer, German Hegelian idealist; historian of German idealisminfs: History of philosophy.
Fischer, Kuno was born on July 23, 1824 in Gross-Sandewaid.
Universities of Leipzig and Halle (1842-1847).
Privatdozent, University of Heidelberg, 1850-1853. Ordinarius, University of Jena, 1855-1872. Ordinarius, University of Heidelberg.
Kuno Fischer, 2 vols, Heidelberg: Carl Winter; enlarged edition. 1907.
(1907) Kuno Fischer, Heidelberg: Carl Winter.
Fischer wrote a number of philosophical works, among them the 1849 Diotima, the 1852 Logik and the 1896 Verhältnis. Fischer is also remembered for his numerous literary studies, particularly those of Shakespeare, Goethe and Schiller. His greatest achievement, however, was his Geschichte der neuern Philosophie (1852-1892). The heart of the work is represented by the seven volumes devoted to Leibniz, Kant, Fichte. Schelling. Hegel and Schopenhauer. The volumes on Descartes and Spinoza introduce the main theme, German idealism, and the final volume, on Bacon, represents a coda on materialism and empiricism. Celebrated for its lucidity and comprehensiveness, Fischer’s Geschichte constitutes a niarvellous synthesis of the philosophical and the historical. It succeeds both as a series of individual studies and as a continuous history of the development of German idealism. Fischer’s interpretation of Kant, in particular, aroused considerable controversy and precipitated the emergence of neo-Kantainism.