© 1987

On the Existence of God

Lectures given at the Universities of Würzburg and Vienna (1868–1891)

  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Susan F. Krantz

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction: The Theoretical and Practical Interest of the Question of God’s Existence

  3. Preliminary Inquiries

  4. The Proofs of the Existence of God

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. A Survey of the Proofs Attempted throughout the History of Philosophy

      1. Franz Brentano
        Pages 213-259
      2. Franz Brentano
        Pages 268-284
      3. Franz Brentano
        Pages 285-289
      4. Franz Brentano
        Pages 290-301
    3. The Train of Thought in the Proof of God’s Existence (1915)

      1. Franz Brentano
        Pages 330-337
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 338-360

About this book


Of the works by Franz Brentano (1838-1917) which have appeared in thus far, perhaps none is better suited to convey a clear idea of the English spirit of the man that this volume of his lectures on proving the existence of God. In order to understand his metaphysics, it would he better to read The Theory of Categories; in order to master the finer points of his psychology, it would be better to read Psychology From an Empirical Standpoint; in order to appreciate his ethical theory, it would be better to read The Origin of Our Knowledge of Right and Wrong or, for a more thorough treatment, The Foundation and Construction of Ethics. But in order to see what it was that gave Brentano the enthusiasm and dedication to do all that work and much more besides, it is necessary to find out what Brentano believed the philosophical enterprise itself to be; and this comes forth most vividly when he bends his philosophical efforts to the subject he considered most important of all, namely, natural theology. For, like Socrates, Brentano brought a kind of religious fervor to his philosophy precisely because he saw it as dealing much better than religion does with the matters that are closest to our hearts.


Religion enthusiasm skepticism theology

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title On the Existence of God
  • Book Subtitle Lectures given at the Universities of Würzburg and Vienna (1868–1891)
  • Authors F.C. Brentano
  • Series Title Nijhoff International Philosophy Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3538-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8125-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-3633-1
  • Series ISSN 0924-4530
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 360
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religious Studies, general
    Philosophy of Religion
    History, general
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