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Frederick I. Kersten Collection on Herbert Spiegelberg

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-03-wua00071

This collection includes correspondence between Herbert Spiegelberg and Frederick I. Kersten (1950s – 1980s), publications by and about Spiegelberg, material documenting phenomenological workshops, and photographs of Spiegelberg. The material is arranged alphabetically by subject.


  • 1950s-1990s


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Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

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0.50 linear feet

1 boxes

Biographical Information

Herbert Spiegelberg was appointed as a regular member of the Philosophy Department of Washington University in St. Louis in 1963. Professor Spiegelberg was an eminent phenomenologist and historian of phenomenology who brought the department great breadth and international attention.  He worked on the interpretation of the written works of Edmund Husserl, Emmanuel Kant, Alexander Pfaender, and Heinrich von Recklingshausen.  Professor Spiegelberg conducted five influential Workshops in Phenomenology during the summers of 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, and 1972, the first supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and the second by a grant from the Monsanto Corporation.  Professor Spiegelberg was presented with an honorary degree by Lawrence College. He retired as Emeritus Professor in 1971.

Before coming to Washington University, Spiegelberg attended the University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany) from 1922 to 1924 and the University of Freiburg (Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany) from 1924 to 1925.  He attended and later earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a dissertation titled Gesetz und Sittengesetz under the direction of Alexander Pfander at the University of Munich (Munchen, Germany) in 1922 and 1925 to 1928.  He was Professor of German and Philosophy at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA) from 1938 to 1941.  From 1941 to 1963, he was also Professor of Philosophy at Lawrence College (Appleton, Wisconsin, USA).

Frederick I. Kersten studied under Herbert Spiegelberg at Lawrence College (now Lawrence University) in Appleton, Wisconsin from 1952 to 1954, although he knew Spiegelberg before that time. After Kersten left Lawrence College, he and Spiegelberg corresponded through the 1980s.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Frederick I. Kersten in November and December 2007.

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Processing Information

Processed by Sujaul Khan in December 2007.

Frederick I. Kersten Collection on Herbert Spiegelberg
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 22: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495