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Gehlen, Arnold
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(Jan 29, 1904, Leipzig – Jan 30, 1976, Hamburg), philosopher and sociologist who taught at Leipzig (1934), Königsberg (Kaliningrad; 1938), Vienna (1940), Speyer (1947), and Aachen (1962). His habilitation thesis stands under the influence of phenomenology and existential philosophy; subsequently he took his lead from German Idealism (J.G. Fichte). In 1936 he turned to philosophical anthropology, for which he also made use of empirical (biological) research: as “deficient” but acting beings, human beings transform nature into culture. …

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Großheim, Michael, “Gehlen, Arnold”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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