Baader, Franz Xaver Benedikt von

PHILOSOPHER, MINING ENGINEER, PHYSICIAN (GERMANY)
BORN 27 Mar 1765, München - DIED 25 Mar 1841, München
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (14-12-13/14)

Son of Joseph Baader, the court physician of Maximilian III Joseph, the elector of Bavaria. He studied medicin at Ingolstadt and Vienna and assisted his father for a while. He decided to become a mining engineer and studied under Abraham Gottlob Werner at Freiberg. from 1792 to 1796 he lived in England.

Back in Germany he befriended F.H. Jacobi in Hamburg. He also came into contact with Friedrich Schelling who also became a friend and influenced him in his writings. From 1817 to 1820 he was a superintendant of mines and enobled for his work. After he retired in 1822 he published "Fermenta Cognitionis" (1822-1825), which is a work against modern philosophy, recommending Jakob Böhme's work. In 1822 he also denounced modern philosophy in a letter to tsar Alexander and this ended his friendship with Schelling.

A collection of his lectures was published in four parts as "Spekulative Dogmatik" (1827-1836). He died in 1841 and after his death his works were collected by his followers and published between 1851 and 1860.

Related persons
• met Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Xaver_von_Baader

Images

The grave of Franz von Baader at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)

 


Babbage, Charles

Published: 3 Jan 2016
Last update: 3 Jan 2016