Herman Schmalenbach

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Herman Schmalenbach, presumably. 1940s

Herman Friedrich Schmalenbach (born November 15, 1885 in Breckerfeld , Westphalia, † November 3, 1950 in Basel ) was a German social philosopher and brother of the business economist Eugen Schmalenbach .

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After studying philosophy, history, art history and classical studies in Jena , Berlin and Munich , where he learned from among others with Georg Simmel , he received his doctorate in 1910 with Rudolf Eucken in Jena. From 1916 to 1917 he taught at the Dürerschule , a reform school in Hochwaldhausen in Vogelsberg , then briefly at the Odenwaldschule in Ober-Hambach in southern Hesse . He completed his habilitation in Göttingen in 1920 and became an associate professor there in 1923, and from 1928 he also taught at the Technical University of Hanover . In 1931 he was appointed to the University of Basel and worked there as a full professor until his death.

He worked in the field of phenomenological analysis of consciousness and the various types of consciousness; His introduction of the covenant category , which is based on his experience as a teacher at the Dürer School , was significant for sociology . Also his impressions of the George circle - Schmalenbach was friends with Stefan George from 1908 to approx. 1912 - he could u. a. use for an attachment. His son was the art historian Werner Schmalenbach (1920–2010).



  • Paul Trommsdorff: The faculty of the Technical University of Hanover 1831-1931. Hanover, 1931, p. 133.
  • Nicole C. Karafyllis : Willy Moog (1888-1935): Ein Philosophenleben , Freiburg: Karl Alber 2015, ISBN 978-3-495-48697-9 . Describes the common school days, academic training and further development of the philosopher friends Moog and Schmalenbach in numerous places.
  • Nicole C. Karafyllis : The philosophers Herman Schmalenbach and Willy Moog and their work at the technical universities in Hanover and Braunschweig. With a sideways glance at Schmalenbach's Leibniz . Hanover: Wehrhahn Verlag (published Nov. 2016) ISBN 978-3-86525-553-2

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  1. Peter Dudek : "The Oedipus from Kurfürstendamm". A Wickersdorf student and his matricide in 1930 . Verlag Julius Klinkhardt, Bad Heilbrunn 2015, ISBN 978-3-7815-2026-4 , p. 34.
  2. On George's role and his ideas, which are also explicitly mentioned in the essay, cf. in short Ulrich Raulff : Circle without a master. Stefan George's afterlife . CH Beck, Munich 2009, p. 210f.