Ludwig Landgrebe

Ludwig Landgrebe ( born March 9, 1902 in Vienna, † 14 August 1991, Cologne ) was a phenomenologist and philosopher.


Ludwig Landgrebe, a merchant's son, studied in Vienna, philosophy, history and geography. To deepen his knowledge, he joined inspired by writings of Max Scheler to Freiburg. In 1923 he became assistant to Edmund Husserl. After receiving his doctorate in 1927 Habilitation in 1935 in Prague by Oskar Kraus. After he had been instrumental in the relocation of the scientific papers of Husserl, he worked from 1939 together with Husserl's assistant Eugen Fink in last lions at set up there Husserl Archives. As a husband Ilse Maria Goldschmidt, daughter of Arthur Goldschmidt, who converted to Christianity at an early age from Judaism, and sister of the writer Georges- Arthur Goldschmidt, he was deported in 1940 with his family to Belgium and had subsequently earn a living with commercial auxiliary works in Hamburg.

In 1945, he reached a Umhabilitierung to Hamburg and in 1947 full professor in Kiel, where Hans Blumenberg and Kurt Hübner were among his pupils. In 1954 he became professor in Cologne, to direct the Husserl Archives at the University there. Landgrebe is one of the closest disciples of Husserl, but also developed own priorities in the field of history, religion and politics. Here you will find a proximity to existential philosophy and metaphysics.


  • Wilhelm Dilthey's theory of Humanities, Hall 1928 (Dissertation)
  • Nominal function and semantics. A study of Marty's philosophy of language, Halle 1934 ( habilitation thesis )
  • What does this mean to us today philosophy, Hamburg, 1948 ( 2nd edition 1954)
  • Phenomenology and metaphysics, Hamburg, 1949 ( collection of essays )
  • Contemporary Philosophy, Bonn, 1952 ( 2nd ed Frankfurt / M 1957)
  • The way of phenomenology, Gütersloh, 1963 ( 4th edition 1978)
  • Phenomenology and history, Gütersloh 1968
  • About some of the basic questions of philosophy of politics, Cologne / Opladen 1969
  • Between Facts and individuation. Studies on the basic questions of phenomenology, Hamburg 1982 ( Bibliography p 157-162 )
  • The concept of experience. A contribution to the critique of our identity and the problem of psychic wholeness [ written 1929-1932 ]. Edited by Karel Novotny (Series: Orbis Phaenomenologicus - Sources New Episode 2. ) Publisher King & Neumann, Würzburg 2010 ISBN 978-3-8260-3890-7