- Not to be confused with Isaak August Dorner (1809-1884)
After studying at Göttingen, Tübingen and Berlin, he served as vicar to the German congregation in Lyon and Marseilles. From 1870 to 1873 he was a lecturer at the University of Göttingen, then worked as a professor of theology and as co-director of the theological seminary at Wittenberg (1874-1889). In 1889 he was appointed professor of systematic theology at the University of Königsberg.
Amongst his works is Augustinus : sein theologisches System und seine religionsphilosoph Anschauung ("Augustinus, his theological system and its religious-philosophical viewpoint", 1873). His other principal writings include:
- Das menschliche Handeln : philosophische Ethik, 1895 – Human action: philosophical ethics.
- Die Entstehung der christlichen Glaubenslehren, 1906 – The emergence of Christian doctrines.
- Individuelle und soziale Ethik, 1906 – Individual and social ethics.
- Pessimismus, Nietzsche und naturalismus, mit besonderer beziehung auf die religion, 1911 – Pessimism; Nietzsche and naturalism with a special reference to religion.
- Die Metaphysik des Christentums, 1913 – The metaphysics of Christianity.
- Also, he was the author of the article on Isaak Dorner in the Allgemeine deutsche Biographie.
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