Johann Friedrich Flatt

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Johann Friedrich Flatt (February 20, 1759 – November 24, 1821) was a German Protestant theologian and philosopher born in Tübingen. His brother, Karl Christian Flatt (1772–1813), was also a theologian.

Johann Friedrich Flatt (1759–1821)

He studied philosophy and theology in Tübingen, afterwards continuing his education in Göttingen. In 1785 he became a professor of philosophy at the University of Tübingen, where in 1792 he was appointed as an associate professor of theology.[1] In 1798 he succeeded Gottlob Christian Storr (1746–1805) as a full professor of theology at Tübingen.[2]

He was a disciple of Gottlob Christian Storr, and like his mentor, a representative of the so-called Ältere Tübinger Schule (conservative Tübingen school of theologians) of Biblical Supranaturalism. He is remembered as a defender of Christian moral theology, and for his critical lectures in regard to Kantian philosophy.[1][2]

Along with Friedrich Gottlieb Süskind, he was an editor of the "Magazin für christliche Dogmatik und Moral" (Magazine of Christian Dogmatics and Morals).[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Briefe über den moralischen Erkenntnisgrund der Religion überhaupt, und besonders in Beziehung auf die Kantische Philosophie (Tübingen 1788).[1]
  • Commentatio symbolic in qua Ecclesiae nostrae de deitate Christi sententia probatur et vindicatur, (1788).
  • Observationes quaedam ad comparandam Kantianam cum disciplina christiana relevant doctrine, (1792).
  • Vorlesungen über Christliche Moral ("Lectures on Christian morals"), 1823.[2]
  • Vorlesungen über die Briefe Pauli an den Timotheus und Titus ("Lectures on the letters of Saint Paul to Timothy and Titus"), 1831 (edited and published posthumously by Christian Friedrich Kling).[3]


  1. ^ a b c Index of Professors at German-Speaking Universities biographical information
  2. ^ a b c d Johann Friedrich Flatt @ NDB/ADB Deutsche Biographie
  3. ^ WorldCat title Vorlesungen über die Briefe Pauli an den Timotheus und Titus.