nLab Karl Rosenkranz

Karl Rosenkranz (1805-1879) was a German philosopher and a leading exponent of the Hegel school. A student, editor and biographer of G. W. F. Hegel, Rosenkranz is probably the top candidate for the title of greatest Hegel scholar of all time.

Particularly noteworthy are his writings on logic as they present a careful (and eminently readable!) reworking of Hegel’s system and come as close to a ‘third edition’ of the latter’s Wissenschaft der Logik - Science of Logic as can be.

As is suitable for a member of the philosophical faculty of the university of Königsberg where he held the chair of J. F. Herbart?, Rosenkranz stressed the continuity between the Hegelian system and Kant‘s enterprise of transcendental philosophy as initiated in the Kritik der reinen Vernunft.


Scans of the editions of his writings in fracture print are available online (follow the link on the English wikipedia page above!).

The most famous of Rosenkranz’ writings is:

  • K. Rosenkranz, Ästhetik des Hässlichen, Reclam Stuttgart 2007[1853].

For his contribution to the Hegelian system consult e.g.:

  • K. Rosenkranz, Wissenschaft der logischen Idee - 2 vols., Königsberg 1858-59.

  • K. Rosenkranz, Hegels Naturphilosophie und die Bearbeitung derselben durch den italienischen Philosophen Augusto Véra, Olms Hildesheim 1979[1868].

His views on Kant are expressed in

  • Karl Rosenkranz, Geschichte der Kant’schen Schule, Akademie-Verlag Berlin 1987[1840].

For a recent assessment of his contribution see

  • V. Hösle, Hegels System - Der Idealismus der Subjektivität und das Problem der Intersubjektivität, Meiner Hamburg 1998.
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