Wolf (or Wolff), Christian Von
Wolf (or Wolff), Christian von a German philosopher, was born at Breslau, January 24, 1679. He had been dedicated to the ministry from his childhood by his parents, and hence received, as he himself expresses it, an ecclesiastical education. He studied in the gymnasium at home and at the University of Jena, where he developed a special taste for mathematical studies, and applied the principles of the science to theology. He preached a few times with great acceptability, and was noted for the clearness of his explanations. He was a professor at Halle from 1707 to 1723, when he was driven from the country by Frederick William I, and assumed a similar position at Marburg. In 1740 he was recalled to Halle by Frederick II, where he was received with unbounded enthusiasm. Here he remained until his death, April 9, 1754. See Ueberweg, History of Philosophy, 2:116; Hagenbach, History of the Church in the 18th and 19th Centuries, 1:117 sq.; Selbstbiographie (published by Wuttke, Leipsic, 1841).