Karl Albert

Karl Albert ( born October 2, 1921 in Neheim; † 9 October 2008) was a German philosopher and university professor of philosophy.


Albert was a son of the merchant Josef Albert and his wife Maria. As a soldier since 1941, he began to deal with Master Eckhardt and mysticism. He studied philosophy and classical philology at the Universities of Cologne, especially at Heinz Heimsoeth, and Bonn. In 1950 he received his doctorate in Bonn with Erich Rothacker. After scientific assistant at Josef Koch from 1952 to 1955 he taught first in the teaching profession and in 1968 was appointed head of the Cologne study seminar. He was a lecturer at the Ruhr- University Bochum in 1972.

Charles Albert was from 1973 to 1980 professor of philosophy at the College of Education Rhineland, Department of Neuss. After transfer of his chair, he worked from 1980 until his retirement in 1987 at the University of Wuppertal.

The focus is on the ontological experience, including "Finding Yourself ", which he took up by Louis Lavelle and Heidegger with him. Next he pursued other types of philosophical mysticism, also including Far Eastern thinkers such as Lao- Tse.


  • The philosophical thought of Meister Eckhart. Leuven 1965.
  • The ontological experience. Henn, Ratingen 1974, ISBN 3-450-00010-1.
  • With Lucia Sziborsky: To metaphysics Lavelle. Bouvier, Bonn 1975, ISBN 3-416-01071- X.
  • Meister Eckhart thesis of Being. Studies on the metaphysics of "Opus Tripartitum ". University Press, Saarbrücken 1976, ISBN 3-450-00009-8.
  • Greek religion and Platonic philosophy. Meiner, Hamburg 1980, ISBN 3-7873-0507-6.
  • Wolfgang Böhme: Meister Eckhart today. Protestant Academy, Karlsruhe 1980, ISBN 3-88450-020-1.
  • The common existence. Studies on the philosophy of the social. Richarz, Sankt Augustin, 1981, ISBN 3-921255-97- X.
  • Pathos, emotion, feeling. Philosophical contributions. Alber, Freiburg 1981, ISBN 3-495-47462-5.
  • From cult to logos. Studies on the philosophy of religion. Meiner, Hamburg 1982, ISBN 3-7873-0566-1.
  • Philosophy of modern art. 2nd edition. Richarz, St. Augustine 1984, ISBN 3-88345-552-0.
  • About the philosophy of Louis Lavelle. University Press, Wuppertal 1984.
  • Mysticism and philosophy. Richarz, Sankt Augustin, 1986, ISBN 3-88345-558- X.
  • Philosophical Studies. Richarz, Sankt Augustin, 1988 /1989.
  • Philosophy in the shadow of Auschwitz. Edith Stein, Theodor Lessing, Walter Benjamin, Paul Ludwig Landsberg. Röll, Dettelbach 1994, ISBN 3-927522-67-8.
  • Philosophy of life. From the beginnings in Nietzsche until their criticism by Lukács. Alber, Freiburg 1995, ISBN 3-495-47826-4.
  • From the philosophical life. Plato, Meister Eckhart, Jacobi, Bergson and Berdyaev. King & Neumann, Würzburg 1995, ISBN 3-8260-1086-8.
  • Introduction to philosophical mysticism. University Press, Darmstadt 1996, ISBN 3-534-12948-2.
  • Lavelle and the philosophy of the 20th century. Nine introductory chapter. Röll, Dettelbach 1997, ISBN 3-927522-84-8.
  • About Plato's concept of philosophy. Richarz, Sankt Augustin, 1998, ISBN 3-88-345460-5.
  • Reflections on the history of philosophy. Röll, Dettelbach 1998 /2000.
  • With Elenor Jain: philosophy as a form of life. For ontological renewal of life philosophy. Alber, Freiburg 2000, ISBN 3-495-47775-6.
  • Philosophy as a religion. Gardez! , Sankt Augustin, 2002, ISBN 3-89796-093-1.
  • With Elenor Jain: The Utopia of morality. Attempt at cross-cultural ontological ethics. Alber, Freiburg 2003, ISBN 3-495-48089-7.
  • With Elenor Jain: time issues. Five philosophical and political considerations. Monsenstein and Vannerdat, Münster 2005, ISBN 3-86582-188- X.
  • Hesiod's Theogony. 7th revised. Edition. Richarz, St. Augustine 2005, ISBN 3-89665-354-7 ( texts on the philosophy ).
  • With Elenor Jain: defining culture, democracy and patriotism. Five current philosophical and political essays on intercultural issues. Project Verlag, Bochum 2006, ISBN 3-89733-152-7.
  • Platonism. Way and being occidental philosophy. University Press, Darmstadt 2008, ISBN 978-3-534-21955-1.