Martin Grabmann

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Martin Grabmann

Martin Grabmann (born January 5, 1875 in Winterzhofen , Upper Palatinate , † January 9, 1949 in Eichstätt ) was a German dogmatist , theologian , philosopher and historian . His research on medieval philosophy and theology is of great importance.


Memorial plaque for Martin Grabmann in his place of birth Winterzhofen

Martin Grabmann attended the Humanist High School in Eichstätt and studied philosophy and theology at the Episcopal Lyceum from 1893–98. He was ordained a priest in 1898 and was pastor for two years in Kipfenberg , Allersberg and Neumarkt in the Upper Palatinate . Grabmann then continued his studies in Rome at the Thomaskolleg der Dominicans , where he was supported by Franz Ehrle and Heinrich Denifle . He was promoted to Dr. phil. and in 1902 Dr. theol. PhD. In the autumn of 1906 Grabmann became an associate professor of dogmatics at the Episcopal Lyceum in Eichstätt and in 1913 a full professor of Christian philosophy at the theological faculty in Vienna . From 1918 until the theological faculty was closed in 1939, he taught dogmatics in Munich and moved to Eichstätt in May 1943. Grabmann became a member of the Third Order of the Dominicans in 1921 .

Grabmann conducted extensive source research on the history of philosophy and theology in the Middle Ages and wrote fundamental works on scholasticism . For example, his dictum that Anselm of Canterbury is the "father of scholasticism" is well known. In 1954, Michael Schmaus , Grabmann's successor, founded the Martin Grabmann Research Institute for Medieval Theology and Philosophy at the University of Munich.

In the cities of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz and Eichstätt streets were named in honor of Grabmann.

Fonts (selection)

  • The history of the scholastic method in two volumes. Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1909–1911.
  • Thomas Aquinas. An introduction to his personality and thoughts. Kösel, Kempten 1912.
  • The cultural philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Filser, Augsburg 1925.
  • Medieval Spiritual Life: Treatises on the History of Scholasticism and Mysticism , three volumes. Max Huber, Munich 1926, 1936, 1956.
  • The history of Catholic theology since the end of the paternal days. Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1933.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Klaus-Bernward Springer: Sermon in the world. About the history of the Dominican lay people , in: contact. Gift of friend of the Dominicans of the province of Teutonia. H. 42 (2014), pp. 17-20, here p. 19; Grabmann, Martin, estate and literature , Paderborn a. a. 1980, p. 7: Church documents (Episcopal Seminar Eichstätt).
  2. Martin Grabmann. Retrieved June 6, 2018 .
  3. Martin Grabmann: The scholastic method from its first beginnings in the father's literature to the beginning of the 12th century (= The history of the scholastic method. Vol. 1). Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1909, p. 259.