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"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:

Our latest video digitization: Hans Raphael Goetz (1921-2013) was a Danish musician and philosopher of German and especially German-Jewish origin. His father was George Goetz (1892-1968), the General Secretary of the "Association for Liberal Judaism in Germany" and Editor-in-Chief of the "Jewish-Liberal Newspaper", who had once fled to Denmark to escape the Nazis. After the death of George Goetz in 1968, who had been a friend of Constantin Brunner, his son Hans also became active in the International Constantin Brunner Institute (ICBI) and was its chairman from 1992 to 2006. This interview, which was digitized and made public for the first time, is from this period. In it, Goetz talks about his family and its relationship to Brunner, as well as Brunner's philosophy and political theory. Goetz also discusses the various Brunner discussion groups such as the "Czernowitz Circle". The interview was conducted in German.

This video shows Brunner's last study room from his exile in The Hague. The previously unpublished recordings date from the 90s and were re-edited by us in 2019. The room, which had been untouched for a long time, was later dissolved and the majority of the objects and books were given to the Leo Baeck Institute in Berlin.

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 Publications:

The newest volume of the journal "Aschkenas" has been published as a special about Constantin Brunner! It includes the following texts in German language:

  • Stenzel, Jürgen: Einführung
  • Zimmer, Robert: Constantin Brunner als Denker der Moderne. Eine biographische und philosophische Skizze
  • Stenzel, Jürgen: Constantin Brunners Auffassung des Jüdischen
  • Springborn, Matthias: Emanzipation von der jüdischen Orthodoxie. Die Jugend- und Lehrjahre 1862-1890 des Leo Wertheimer alias Constantin Brunner
  • Rodan, Martin: Constantin Brunner und das prophetische Judentum
  • Werner, Hans: Gottesbegriff und Gotteserkenntnis bei Constantin Brunner und Martin Buber
  • Rolletschek, Jan: Gustav Landauer und Constantin Brunner. Umrisse einer Begegnung
  • Krah, Franziska: Der »große Philosoph« und der ihm »lieb gewordene Verein«. Zum Verhältnis von Constantin Brunner und dem Centralverein deutscher Staatsbürger jüdischen Glaubens
  • Hahn, Hans-Joachim: »Die angesteckten Juden«. Constantin Brunners Antizionismus
  • Baltschev, Bettina: »Wie ich in meinem Lande bin, so ist mein Land in mir«. Constantin Brunner im holländischen Exil 1933-1937
  • Fotos aus dem Leo Baeck Institute, Archiv im Jüdischen Museum Berlin, Constantin Brunner Collection VI
  • Zeittafel
  • Bibliographie
  • Battenberg, J. Friedrich: Erinnerung an Prof. Dr. Helmut Castritius
  • Personen- und Ortsregister

For online access of this publication on the website of de Gruyter see here.

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.

Recension:

Hans-Rüdiger Schwab, „Was du nicht richtig denkst, das musst du verkehrt leben“. Ein Constantin Brunner-Lesebuch, in: Jahrbuch für Lebensphilosophie IX (2018/19), p. 395–399.

Press:

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