Christoph von Sigwart

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Christoph Sigwart in the Tübingen Professorengalerie
Christoph Sigwart's grave in the Tübingen city cemetery

Christoph Eberhard Philipp Sigwart , from 1875 by Sigwart , (born March 28, 1830 in Tübingen ; † August 4, 1904 there ) was a German philosopher. He was the son of Heinrich Christoph Wilhelm von Sigwart .


Christoph Sigwart studied theology and philosophy and received his doctorate as Dr. theol. et phil. As a student he became a member of the Tübingen royal society Roigel . From 1852 to 1855 he worked as a teacher in Halle . In 1855 he was a repetiteur at the theological seminary in Tübingen . From 1859 he was a professor at the Theological Seminary in Blaubeuren . In 1863 he returned to Tübingen, began teaching at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität and became inspector of the Protestant-theological seminar. From 1865 until his retirement in 1903 he was professor of philosophy. He was in the rank of a royal Württemberg secret councilor. From 1885 he was a corresponding member of the Prussian and from 1901 of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . He put the focus of his philosophical work on questions of ethics and logic .

The first volume of his major work, Logic , was published in 1873 and is considered to be an important contribution to the philosophy of the late 19th century . Long and careful studies preceded the work. German and English logicians were taken into account. The fifth chapter presents a fundamental study of induction theory by Francis Bacon , John Stuart Mill, and David Hume . The small writings take a critical look at Paracelsus and Giordano Bruno .

1875 Christoph Sigwart was the Knight's Cross 1st class of the Order of the Württemberg Crown awarded with the personal title of nobility ( ennoblement ) was associated. In 1897 he received the commentary cross of this order. As early as 1889 he had been awarded the Commentary Cross Second Class of the Order of Frederick .


  • Ulrich Zwingli, the character of his theology, portrayed by Mirandula with special regard to Picus. Stuttgart 1855.
  • Spinoza's Treatise on God, Man and Bliss . Gotha 1866.
  • Contributions to the doctrine of hypothetical judgments , 1871, again in: Kodikas / Code 23 (2000), 181–248.
  • Logic. 2 volumes, Tübingen 1873–1878, translated into English by Helen Dendy in 1895.
  • The life story of Giordano Bruno . Tubingen 1880.
  • Small fonts . 2 volumes, Freiburg 1881.
  • Preliminary questions of ethics . Freiburg 1886.
  • The impersonals, a logical investigation . Freiburg 1888.
  • Genealogy and history of the Sigwart family . Tübingen 1895.


  • Encyclopædia Britannica , 11th edition, 1910-1911.
  • Meyers Konversations-Lexikon , 4th edition from 1888–1890.
  • Walter Killy and Rudolf Vierhaus (eds.), Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie , DTV and KG Saur, Munich 2001, Volume 9, Page 325 f.
  • Achim Eschbach: Christoph Sigwart and the roots of pragmatism . In: Kodikas / Code 23 (2000), 179-180.

Individual evidence

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  2. Court and State Handbook of the Kingdom of Württemberg 1877, p. 30.
  3. Court and State Manual of the Kingdom of Württemberg 1901, p. 32.
  4. Court and State Manual of the Kingdom of Württemberg 1901, p. 78.

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