Carl von Prantl (philosopher)

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Karl von Prantl

Carl Prantl , knight of Prantl since 1872 (born January 28, 1820 in Landsberg am Lech , † September 14, 1888 in Oberstdorf im Allgäu ) was a German philosopher .


At the age of 17 he began to study classical antiquity in Munich (among others with Friedrich Thiersch and Leonhard Spengel ), which he completed after 4 years with his dissertation. A travel grant brought him to Berlin in 1842/43, where he mainly heard from August Boeckh and Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg . From 1847 he was associate professor, from 1859 full professor of philology and 1864 of philosophy in Munich .

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences elected him an extraordinary member in 1848, and in 1857 he was appointed a full member. He was also a member of the Academy in Berlin . In 1872 he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown and was thereby elevated to the personal nobility as Knight von Prantl . For the year 1879/80 he was elected Rector of Munich University . In 1883 he received the Bavarian Maxilians Order for Science and Art .


Grave of Karl Prantl on the old southern cemetery in Munich location

The burial place of Karl Prantl is located on the old southern cemetery in Munich (burial ground 10 - row 10 - Place 13/14) Location .


His son was the botanist Carl Prantl .

Works and publications

Prantl published numerous treatises on the history of philosophy , on the philosophy of law and on logic .

His main work is the

  • History of Logic in the Occident (Munich 1855–70, 4 vols .; vol. 2 in 2nd ed. 1885).

Other publications include a .:

  • Aristotle on colors (Munich 1849)
  • The present task of philosophy (Munich 1852)
  • Overview of Greco-Roman Philosophy (Stuttgart 1854)
  • Aristotle: Eight Books of Physics (Greek and German, Leipzig 1854)
  • Aristotle: Four books on the building of heaven (Greek and German, Leipzig 1857)
  • Philosophy in Proverbs (Munich 1858)
  • Michael Psellus and Petrus Hispanus (Munich 1867)
  • History of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Ingolstadt, Landshut, Munich (Munich 1872, 2 vol.)
  • Commemorative speech at Trendelenburg (Munich 1873)
  • Understanding and Judging (Munich 1877)


Web links

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