Weisse, Christian Hermann

Weisse, Christian Hermann a Protestant theologian and philosopher of Germany, was born August 10, 1801, at Leipsic. At first he studied law, but betook himself more and more to the study of Hegelian philosophy, and commenced lecturing in his native place in 1823. In 1828 he was appointed professor of philosophy, but in 1837 he retired to spend his time entirely in literary pursuits. Having thus spent a few years, He again commenced lecturing, and in 1845 he was made professor in ordinary of philosophy, lecturing at the same time as Privat docent on theology. He died September 19, 1866, having been honored with the doctorate of divinity in 1838 by the Jena University. At first a follower of Hegel, he soon emancipated himself from that system, as may be seen from his Ueber den Begriff, die Behandlung und die Quellen der Mythologie (Leipsic, 1827). Prominent among his works are: — Die Idee Gottes (Dresden, 1833): — Die philosophische Geheimlehre von der

Unsterblichkeit (ibid. 1834): — Grundzuge der Metaphysik (Hamburg, 1834): — Die evangel. Geschichte kritisch und philosophisch bearbeitet (Leipsic, 1838, 2 volumes): — Ueber die Zukunft der evang. Kirche (ibid. 1849): — Philosophische Dogmatik (1855-62, 3 volumes): — Christologie Luthers (ibid. 1855): — Die Evangelienfrage in ihrem gegenwartigen Studium (ibid. 1856). After his death were published, Beitrage zur Kritik der paulin. Briefe (ibid. 1867): — Psychologie und Unsterblichkeitslehre (1869). See Seydel, Chr. H. Weisse (Leipsic, 1866); Theolog. Universal-Lexikon, s.v.; Zuchold, Bibl. Theol. 2:1431; Winer, Handbuch der theol. Lit. 1:412, 472. (B.P.)

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