Karl von Prantl

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Karl Prantl
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Born (1820-01-28)28 January 1820
Landsberg on the Lech
Died 14 September 1888(1888-09-14) (aged 68)

Carl (von) Prantl (28 January 1820 – 14 September 1888; after 1872 Ritter von Prantl) was a German philosopher and philologist.

He was born at Landsberg on the Lech. In 1843 he became doctor of philosophy at Munich Observatory, where he was made professor in 1859. He was also a member of the Academies of Berlin and Munich. Strongly in agreement with the Hegelian tradition, he defended and amplified it in Die gegenwärtige Aufgabe der Philosophie (1852) and Verstehen und Beurteilen (1877).

In these works he emphasized the identity of the subjective and the objective for consciousness, and the fact that the perception of this unity is peculiar to man. He is more important, however, as a commentator and scholar, and made valuable contributions to the study of Aristotle. He published Aristoteles über die Farben (1849), Aristoteles acht Bücher der Physik (1857), and numerous minor articles on smaller points, such as the authenticity of the thirty-eight books of the Problems.

The work by which he is best known is the Geschichte der Logik im Abendland (Leipzig, 1855–1870). Christoph von Sigwart, in the preface to the first edition of his Logic, makes special mention of the assistance he obtained from this book.

Prantl died in Oberstdorf.


  • Carl Prantl. Geschichte der Logik im Abendlande. Hildesheim: Georg Olms 1997.

Anastatic reprint of the original edition printed in four volumes Leipzig, S. Hirzl, 1855-1870.

  • Carl Prantl. Die Philosophie in den Sprichwörtern. München : Christian Kaiser, 1858.

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