Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz  

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Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz (April 23, 1805 - July 14, 1879) was a German philosopher was the author of Aesthetik des Hässlichen (1853).


Born at Magdeburg, he read philosophy at Berlin, Halle and Heidelberg, devoting himself mainly to the doctrines of Hegel and Schleiermacher. After holding the chair of philosophy at Halle for two years, he became, in 1833, professor at the university of Königsberg, where he remained till his death. In his last years he was quite blind.

Throughout his long professorial career, and in all his numerous publications he remained, in spite of occasional deviations on particular points, loyal to the Hegelian tradition as a whole. In the great division of the Hegelian school, he, in company with Michelet and others, formed the "centre," midway between Erdmann and Gabler on the one hand, and the "extreme left" represented by Strauss, Feuerbach and Bruno Bauer.

Selected works


  • Kritik der Schleiermacherschen Glaubenslehre (1836)
  • Psychologie oder Wissenschaft vom subjektiven Geist (1837; 3rd ed., 1863)
  • Kritische Erläuterungen des Hegelschen Systems (1840)
  • Vorlesungen über Schelling (1842)
  • Hegels Leben (1844)
  • System der Wissenschaft (1850)
  • Meine Reform der Hegelschen Philosophie (1852)
  • Wissenschaft der logischen Idee (1858-59), with a supplement (Epilegomena, 1862)
  • Diderot's Leben und Werke (1866)
  • Hegels Naturphilosophie und die Bearbeitung derselben durch Vera (1868)
  • Hegel als deutscher Nationalphilosoph (1870)
  • Erläuterungen zu Hegels Encyklopädie der philosophischen Wissenschaften (1871).

Between 1838 and 1840, Rosenkranz published an edition of the works of Kant in conjunction with F. W. Schubert, to which he appended a history of the Kantian doctrine.

Literary and general

  • Geschichte der deutschen Poesie im Mittelalter (1830)
  • Handbuch einer allgemeinen Geschichte den Poesie (1832-33)
  • Die Pädagogik als System (1848)
  • Aesthetik des Hässlichen (1853)
  • Die Poesie and ihre Geschichte (1885)
  • Studien (1839-47)
  • Neue Studien (1875-78).

He published also an autobiography entitled Von Magdeburg nach Königsberg (1873), which deals with his life up to the time of his settlement at Königsberg.

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