Alfred Brunswig

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Alfred Brunswig (born June 13, 1877 in Plau am See , † June 22, 1927 in Münster ) was a German philosopher . He taught at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster (Westphalia).

After graduating from high school in Munich in 1896, he studied there and in Berlin until his doctorate in 1904 with Theodor Lipps and initially represented his psychologism . After private studies with Edmund Husserl in Göttingen and Carl Stumpf in Berlin, he completed his habilitation in Munich in 1910 . He criticized Husserl's concept of evidence in the view of essence . From 1914 to 1918 he served in World War I and was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class. For the winter semester 1916/17 he was appointed to Münster. Through his experience at the front, he found the "courage to use metaphysics" and subsequently brought forth faith. He was Protestant, probably with partly Jewish roots. His Leibniz interpretation in 1925 brought out the "Germanic thinker".


  • Comparing and relational knowledge , Leipzig / Berlin: BG Teubner, 1910
  • The basic problem of Kant. A critical investigation and introduction to Kant's philosophy , Leipzig / Berlin: BG Teubner, 1914
  • Introduction to Psychology . (Philosophical series 34th vol.), Munich: Rösl & Cie, 1921. 163 pages
  • Hegel , 1922
  • Leibniz. Germany's most universal spirit . People, peoples, times. A cultural history in individual representations. Edited by Max Kemmerich. Volume 8. Vienna - Leipzig: Verlag Karl König, 1925. 180 pages
  • Memory and its education . Berlin / Leipzig: Gebrüder Paetel, 1926


  • Christian Tilitzki: The German University Philosophy in the Weimar Republic and in the Third Reich , Berlin 2002, esp. P. 57f

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