Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger

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Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger (28 November 1780 Schwedt – 20 October 1819 Berlin) was a German philosopher and academic. He is known as a theorist of Romanticism, and of irony.


After extensive studies and a varied career, in 1811 he became professor of philosophy at Berlin.


  • a translation of Sophocles (1808; 2d ed., 1824)
  • Erwin, Vier Gespräche über das Schöne und die Kunst (2 vols., 1815) A work on aesthetics, in which he took issue with August Wilhelm Schlegel, and which influenced both Hegel and Heinrich Heine.
  • Philosophische Gespräche (1817)
  • posthumous writings and letters, edited by Tieck and Raumer (2 vols., 1826)
  • lectures in æsthetics, edited by Heyse (1829)