"What you think wrong,

you have to live wrong."

"The rights are equal,

because people are unequal."

"I am for many times

or for individuals

of many coming times."

Constantin Brunner   (1862-1937)

Cross-Thinker, Wisdom Teacher and Visionary

  • Rebel against academic school philosophy
  • Representative of a modern philosophy of unity, which overcomes the contrast between mind and matter
  • Critic of anti-Semitism
  • Fighter for the rule of law and freedom of the citizen

- Voices about Brunner -


"It comforts me that you are there. The time seems to be habitable again."

Walther Rathenau


"Here, finally, is one who stretches his arms far over the world."

Gustav Landauer


"It is a pleasure for me to confirm my worship for the great thinker Constantin Brunner."

Max Horkheimer


"Here it is again, the deep true humanity."

Yehudi Menuhin

- News -

New Sources:

This interview in German with the well-known violinist Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), in which he is talking about his fascination for Brunner's philosophy and about other topics, was conducted in London in 1994 and digitized for the first time by our foundation in 2018.

New Publication:

In the publishing house Königshausen & Neumann a Brunner reader was published in April 2019, that eliminates a deficiency that probably felt all those who have previously dealt with Brunner or wanted to inform themselves about Brunner's work: Robert Zimmer and Jürgen Stenzel have selected the most relevant text passages from Brunner's extensive work and assembled them in a single volume so that a concentrated overview of his philosophy becomes possible.


„Was du nicht richtig denkst, das musst du verkehrt leben“
Ein Constantin Brunner-Lesebuch
("What you think wrong, you have to live wrong" A Constantin Brunner Reader)
Ed. by Jürgen Stenzel and Robert Zimmer, publ. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2019, 450 pages, hardcover with thread stitching, € 24,80, ISBN 978-3-8260-6493-7
Robert Zimmer introduces Brunner's life, work and influence in the beginning of the book. The selected texts from the „Lehre“, from „Unser Christus oder das Wesen des Genies“, „Der Judenhaß und die Juden“, „Von den Pflichten der Juden und von den Pflichten des Staates“, „Der entlarvte Mensch“, „Unser Charakter oder Ich bin der Richtige“, as well as from other books and essays of Brunner, are arranged in five chapters, which have an introduction each, so that the overall context becomes recognizable. A timetable and a bibliography are attached.


The "Trierische Volksfreund" reported in its online version (German) on the 3rd of May 2019 about the thinker Brunner, the Brunner Foundations and the public reading in Jünkerath of the recently published Brunner Reader, see here.

Other Literature:

Jüdische Miniaturen [= Jewish Miniatures], Vol. 207

Constantin Brunner. Philosoph und Weisheitslehrer.

Hentrich & Hentrich:  Berlin 2017


Robert Zimmer is introducing to Brunner's biography, life work and thinking (in German). Brunner's main work „Die Lehre von den Geistigen und vom Volke“ (1908) is being described and Zimmer refers to its connection between a rational interpretation of the world, mystical unity philosophy and enlightened political and social theory. Brunner linked the systematic claim of the theorist with the practical life aspirations of a wisdom teacher. To discover is an original and productive thinker who has made a very own contribution to the philosophy of modernity.

Volume Publication:

Constantin Brunner im Kontext. Ein Intellektueller zwischen Kaiserreich und Exil.

De Gruyter: Berlin 2014

Letter Edition:

Constantin Brunner – Ausgewählte Briefe 1884-1937.

Wallstein: Göttingen 2012