Friedrich Wilhelm von Herrmann

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August 19, 2022

Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann (October 8, 1934 in Potsdam – August 2, 2022 in Freiburg im Breisgau) was a German philosopher.

Life

After attending school in Potsdam and Berlin, von Herrmann studied philosophy, German and history at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1957 he moved to the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, where he received his doctorate in 1961 with Eugen Fink for a thesis on Martin Heidegger's self-interpretation. After completing his doctorate, he worked from 1961 to 1970 as a research assistant to Eugen Fink at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. In 1970 he habilitated in Freiburg with a thesis on phenomenological investigations into the temporality of the understanding of being. Von Herrmann was a private assistant to Martin Heidegger from 1972 until his death in 1976. In the same year he was appointed adjunct professor. In 1979 he became a full professor at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann had retired in 1999. According to his widow, Veronika von Herrmann (née Müeller-Osthaus), Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann died at the age of 87 in a clinic in Freiburg as a result of a heart attack.

Scientific work

In his scientific work, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann dealt with fundamental problems of hermeneutics and phenomenology. His thinking was strongly influenced by Martin Heidegger, whose posthumous complete edition he scientifically supervised at Verlag Vittorio Klostermann. In his writings, von Herrmann dealt in particular with various themes and fundamental questions relating to the works of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. Among his students was the philosopher Paola-Ludovika Coriando.

Publications (selection)

Leibniz. Metaphysics as Monadology. Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3428-14738-0. Descartes' Meditations. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2011. Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Dasein: A Commentary on Being and Time. Vol. 3: "First Section: The Preliminary Fundamental Analysis of Dasein" §28-§44. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2008. Hermeneutic Phenomenology of Dasein: A Commentary on Being and Time. Vol. 2: "First Section: The Preparatory Fundamental Analysis of Dasein" §9-§27. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2005. Truth - Freedom - History: A systematic study of Heidegger's essay "On the Essence of Truth". Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2002. Hermeneutics and reflection: the concept of phenomenology in Heidegger and Husserl. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2000. The delicate but bright difference. Martin Heidegger and Stefan George. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1999. way into the event. On Heidegger's "Contributions to Philosophy". Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1994. Augustine and the phenomenological question of time. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1992. Heidegger's "Basic Problems of Phenomenology". On the “Second Half” of “Being and Time”. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1991. way and method. On the hermeneutic phenomenology of being-historical thinking. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1990. Hermeneutic phenomenology of existence. An Explanation of Being and Time. Vol. 1: "Introduction: The exposure of the question of the meaning of being". Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1987. The concept of phenomenology in Heidegger and Husserl. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1981. Heidegger's philosophy of art. A systematic interpretation of the Holzwege treatise “The Origin of the Work of Art”. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1980 (2nd extended edition 1994) subject and existence. Interpretations of "Being and Time". Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1974 (3rd extended edition 2004). Husserl and the Meditations of Descartes. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 1971. Consciousness, time and understanding of the world