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philosophy hastens so fast into the past that, as a poet says of and antiquarian, only his coattails remain the present – Kierkegaard Either/Or V2 p. 171 Hong
Karl Daub, 1765-1836, professor of theology at Heidelberg
“The act of looking backward is, just like that of looking into the future, an act of divination; and if the prophet is well called an historian of the future, the historian is just as well called, or even better so, a prophet of the past, of the historical”.
He was born at Kassel. He studied philosophy, philology and theology at Marburg in 1786, and eventually (1795) became professor ordinarius of theology at the University of Heidelberg, where he remained until his death.
Daub was one of the leaders of a school which sought to reconcile theology and philosophy, and to bring about a speculative reconstruction of orthodox dogma. In the course of…
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