Franz Buggle

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Franz Buggle (born August 18, 1933 in Freiburg im Breisgau ; † January 12, 2011 in Au near Freiburg ) was a German psychologist and critic of religion .

Buggle studied psychology, philosophy, education and economics in Freiburg and Munich . From 1958 to 1963 he was a research assistant at the Psychological Institute in Freiburg and did his doctorate with its founder Robert Heiss . He then became a lecturer at the University of Hamburg at the chair of Peter Hofstätter .

In 1974, after an interim position as professor for developmental and social psychology at the University of Regensburg , he became a full professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg , where he retired in 1998.

In his work , which is critical of religion, Because they do not know what they believe. Or why one can honestly no longer be a Christian (1992), he examined the Bible and came to the conclusion that it was "in its central parts a violently inhumane book, unsuitable as the basis of ethics that are responsible today ".

He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Federation of Non-Denominational and Atheists (IBKA) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation . In 2004 Buggle received the Ludwig Feuerbach Prize , which is awarded by the Association for Freedom of the Spirit (Augsburg).

Buggle died on January 12, 2011 at the age of 77 in Au near Freiburg.


  • Today's German University Students: An Empirical Study of Philosophical Attitudes . Hain, Meisenheim am Glan 1965
  • Psychology: subject, methodology, social framework . Habel, Darmstadt 1974, ISBN 3-87179-061-3
  • The developmental psychology of Jean Piaget . 4th edition. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-17-017052-X
  • Because they don't know what they believe or why one cannot honestly be a Christian anymore. A polemic. Rowohlt, Reinbek 1992, ISBN 3-498-00561-8 ; Revised and expanded new edition. Alibri, Aschaffenburg 2004, ISBN 3-932710-77-0 ; Revised new edition ibid 2012, ISBN 978-3-86569-077-7 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Michael Schmidt-Salomon in the Humanist Press Service: Obituary: An intrepid enlightener