Victor Delbos

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Victor Delbos (26 September 1862, Figeac – 16 June 1916, Paris) was a Catholic philosopher and historian of philosophy.

Delbos was appointed a lecturer at the Sorbonne in 1902. In 1911 he became a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques. He died in July 1916 as a result of an infectious myocarditis brought on by pleurisy. Maurice Blondel, a close friend, wrote an obituary account of Delbos and saw various posthumous publications through the press.[1]

He wrote on Spinoza, Nicolas Malebranche and Kant. A series of lectures on post-Kantian philosophy, which Delbos viewed as shaped by contingent psychological and social factors rather than through the unfolding of some internal logic, were published posthumously and later (1942) collected in a single volume.[2]


  • Le problème moral dans la philosophie de Spinoza et dans l'histoire du spinozisme, Paris: Alcan, 1893
  • La Philosophie pratique de Kant, 1905
  • Le spinozisme : cours professé à la Sorbonne en 1912-1913, 1916
  • La philosophie française, 1919
  • Étude de la philosophie de Malebranche, 1924
  • De Kant aux postkantiens, 1942


  1. ^ Oliva Blanchette, Maurice Blondel: A Philosophical Life, 2010, p.30-76
  2. ^ Cristina Chimisso, Writing the history of the mind: philosophy and science in France, 1900 to 1960s, 2008, p.48

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