Hermann Lotze  

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"One of the most remarkable characteristics of human nature is, alongside so much selfishness in specific instances, the freedom from envy which the present displays toward the future." --Benjamin cites Hermann Lotze in "Theses on the Philosophy of History":

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Rudolf Hermann Lotze (21 May 1817 – 1 July 1881) was a German philosopher and logician. He also had a medical degree and was well versed in biology. He argued that if the physical world is governed by mechanical laws, relations and developments in the universe could be explained as the functioning of a world mind. His medical studies were pioneering works in scientific psychology. He is the author of Microcosmus: An Essay Concerning Man and His Relation to the World (1885).

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