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Change of leadership at the German Association of Humboldtians

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Newsletter 05/2017

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation

Dear Professor White,

A year full of debate on truth or fake news, on real or alternative facts, is coming to an end. And with it, a year which has constantly reminded us how essential science is.

With its network of more than 28,000 researchers around the world, the Humboldt Foundation will continue to strive to plumb the depths of the world’s truths and find solutions for the problems confronting society in future, too.

In the coming year, however, the Humboldt Foundation has to say goodbye to one person whose enormous commitment to the freedom of science and the importance of top-level research has made an indelible mark on this network: After ten successful years, the eminent international molecular chemist Helmut Schwarz is retiring as President of the Humboldt Foundation.

Read all about this and more in our Newsletter. We wish you all a peaceful and happy New Year! A stroke of luck for the foundation

At the end of 2017, after ten years and two periods in office, Helmut Schwarz is retiring as the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. An appreciation of the Schwarz-era by Enno Aufderheide, the Foundation’s Secretary General. more... New Alexander von Humboldt Professors chosen

Five researchers from the USA, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have been selected to receive Germany’s most valuable international research award in 2018. more... Bengaluru lives

At the Humboldt Colloquium in the Indian city of Bengaluru researchers from India and Germany discussed academic exchange between the two countries. more... Humboldt Foundation honoured in Bulgaria

The President of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences each conferred a special award on the Humboldt Foundation on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the "Humboldt Union in Bulgaria" alumni association. more... Kolleg on German-New Zealand science relations

Humboldtians from New Zealand and Australia discussed global science issues in Wellington, New Zealand. more... New research chair appointed in Africa

Marc Sedjro from Togo will take up work as the new German Research Chair for Applied Mathematics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Centre in Tanzania in January 2018. more... Collaboration with Brazilian research funding organisation extended

The Humboldt Foundation has worked with the Brazilian research funding organisation Capes since 2012. It plans to continue this collaboration and has now extended its agreement with Capes a second time. more... International Climate Protection Fellows at UN Climate Conference

In November, the Humboldt Foundation together with the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Philippines' Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) co-organised an event on the side-lines of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn. At this event, International Climate Protection Fellows Denise Matias and Tadesse Tujuba Kenea, along with others, discussed the role of science, the political sector and civil society in dealing with the challenges of climatic events that are slowly emerging. For more information, please see the ICSC blog International Climate Protection Fellows on Twitter

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Andrew Bowie German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. [Paperback] "German philosophy stands at the center of modern thought. Without Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein, and Husserl there would be no Anglo-American "analytical" style of philosophy. And without Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, the "Continental Philosophy" of Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze, Badiou, and Zizek is incomprehensible."


Wikipedia:Kant What is Post-Kantian Idealism? "The post-Kantian German idealism of J. G. Fichte and Friedrich von Schelling, which culminated in the absolute or objective idealism of G. W. F. Hegel, began with a denial of the unknowable thing-in-itself, thereby enabling these philosophers to treat all reality as the creation of mind or spirit."

Wikipedia:Franz_Boas "Boas had been interested in Kantian philosophy since taking a course on aesthetics with Wikipedia:Kuno Fischer at Heidelberg. This interest led Boas to Psychophysics; he considered moving to Berlin to study with Hermann von Helmholtz, but he had no training in Psychology."
Fischer "was a brilliant lecturer and possessed a remarkable gift for clear exposition. His fame rests primarily on his work as a historian and commentator of philosophy. As far as his philosophical views were concerned, he was, generally speaking, a follower of the Hegelian school. His writings in this direction, especially his interpretation of Kant, involved him in a quarrel with F. A. Trendelenburg, professor of philosophy at the University of Berlin, and his followers. In 1860, Fischer's Kants Leben und die Grundlagen seiner Lehre (Kant's life and the foundations of his doctrine) lent the first real impulse to the so-called “return to Kant.” "

Wikipedia:Wilhelm_von_Humboldt#Philosopher Core ideas of enlightenment and the American educational system

"Humboldt was a philosopher and wrote On the Limits of State Action in 1791-2 (though it was not published until 1850, after Humboldt's death), one of the boldest defences of the liberties of the Enlightenment. It influenced John Stuart Mill's essay On Liberty through which von Humboldt's ideas became known in the English-speaking world. Humboldt outlined an early version of what Mill would later call the "harm principle"."
The section dealing with education was published in the December 1792 issue of the Berlinische Monatsschrift under the title ‘On public state education’. With this publication, Humboldt took part in the philosophical debate on the direction of national education which was in progress in Germany, as elsewhere after the French Revolution.
"Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt (22 June 1767 – 8 April 1835) was a Prussian philosopher, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the University of Berlin, which was named after him (and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt) in 1949. He is especially remembered as a linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language and to the theory and practice of education. In particular, he is widely recognized as having been the architect of the Prussian education system which was used as a model for education systems in countries such as the United States and Japan.

Humboldt was born in Potsdam, Margraviate of Brandenburg, and died in Tegel, Province of Brandenburg. His younger brother, Alexander von Humboldt, was equally famous, as a geographer." ?? was at Wikipedia:Marburg_University ???, the seat of the oldest Protestant-founded university in the world, the University of Marburg (Philipps-Universität-Marburg), founded in 1527, as were many of the neo-Kantians


Wikipedia:Georg Simmel (1858–1918)
Wikipedia:Max Weber (1864–1920)

Wikipedia:Subjectivism Kantian?