Eduard Zeller

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Zeller, Eduard


Born Jan. 22, 1814, in Kleinbottwar, Württemberg; died Mar. 19, 1908, in Stuttgart. German historian of classical philosophy.

Zeller was a disciple of F. C. Baur and a member of the Tübingen school of theology. He became a professor in Bern in 1847, in Marburg in 1849, and in Heidelberg in 1862. From 1872 to 1895 he was a professor in Berlin. Zeller’s important work The Philosophyof the Greeks in Its Historical Development (parts 1–3, 1844–52) remains unsurpassed for its thoroughness and comprehensive use of sources, toward which Zeller took an extremely critical approach.


Geschichte der deutschen Philosophie seit Leibniz, 2nd ed. Munich, 1875.
Grundriss der Geschichte der griechischen Philosophie, 13th ed. Leipzig, 1928.
Die Philosophie der Griechen in ihrer geschichtlichen Entwicklung, parts 1–3, vols 1–6. Hildesheim, 1963.
In Russian translation:
Ocherk istoii grecheskoi filoso fit. Moscow, 1913.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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