Friday, 27 September, 16:30–17:00 (Jakobi 2, Room 111)
Language of presentation: English
University of Latvia, MA
andris_hirss [ät] inbox.lv
The Effect of Dorpat Personalism School on Latvian Intellectual Thought
Personalism is a widely branched direction in philosophy. It is possible to speak of German, American, Russian, etc. personalism schools. However, chronologically, one of the first places where personalism school formed was the University of Dorpat. The school's founder was a German philosopher Gustav Teihmuller (Teichmüller, 1832-1888), professor of Philosophy at Dorpat. Thinker's closest students, Russian philosopher Yevgeny Bobrov (Бобров, 1867- 1933) and the first academically educated Latvian-born philosopher Jacob Osis (1860-1920), became academic sat the University and further developers of their teacher’s metaphysics.
At the time when personalist worked in Dorpat, at the University studied first Latvia’s intellectual generation. Personalist lectures listened Latvian theologians and philosophers who after the studies worked in Latvia as priests and held positions at Latvian University. Latvian intellectuals with Western education searched for opportunity to combine personalist teachings with the latest currents in philosophy. The theologians searched in personalism the theoretical basis for the need of the church reform. Dorpat personalism doctrine became the unifying element of Latvian intellectual thought, whilst becoming the item of sharp debate and dispute.
Key words: personalism, Dorpat, Latvian philosophy, Latvian theology, Teihmuller, Osis, Bobrov