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and  The Moral Problem of Suicide

by  Paul Louis LANDSBERG


One of the great works of Twentieth Century Philosophy, its investigation and analysis of the "Experience of Death" is as important as that of Martin Heidegger in his 'Being and Time', though for many years unavailable and therefore underestimated,


Paul-Louis Landsberg was born in Bonn in 1901. Having completed his studies he went on to become Professor of Philosophy at the University of this City, however, due to his opposition to Nazism he fled Germany one day before the coming to power of Hitler in 1933. Between 1934 and 1936 he held lecturing positions in Madrid and Barcelona, where his thought exerted a great influence over his pupils and where it is still studied avidly to this day. However, with the coming of the Civil War in Spain Landsberg transferred to Paris where he gave courses at the Sorbonne on the meaning of existence, at which time he also became closely involved with the journal 'Esprit', where his thought was very influential. At this time he also became friends with the 'Personalist' philosopher Emmanuel Mounier, whose themes were similar to those studied in his own works. A friend of Max Scheler's, and a disciple of some of his phenomenological methods, Landsberg was like him a Christian. He was hounded by the Gestapo for a long period of time and In 1943 Landsberg was deported from Paris for being of Jewish origin. He was transported to the Work Camp at Oranienburg, Berlin. He died of exhaustion in 1944.


The Complete Texts of both these key works of Landsberg. Textual Annotations and a Select Bibliography of his works. Not only the "Experience of Death", but his equally important Essay "On the Moral Problem of Suicide" features here too.

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