Brentano in exile
The Brentano Institute at Oxford
It is barely known that, from 1941 until 1949, Oxford University hosted a Franz Brentano Institute. It was founded by Oskar Kraus (the former head of the Brentano Society in Prague) and his pupil Georg Katkov with the strong support of Oxford’s Sir David Ross and Gilbert Ryle. This paper provides an overview of the prehistory of the institute and of the few years of its existence. Moreover, the paper will present Kraus’ Gifford Lectures, New Meditations on Mind, God and His Creation, which he delivered in 1941 at the University of Edinburgh, and Katkov’s unfinished work on intentionality which was intended as an introduction to Franz Brentano’s philosophical thinking for the English-speaking world. Besides Alfred Kastil’s monograph Die Philosophie Franz Brentanos, Kraus’ lectures and Katkov’s fragment can be considered as the last major philosophical works of the Brentano school in the narrow sense.
Binder, T. (2022)., Brentano in exile: The Brentano Institute at Oxford, in I. Tănăsescu, A. Bejinariu, S. Krantz Gabriel & C. Stoenescu (eds.), Brentano and the positive philosophy of Comte and Mill, Berlin, de Gruyter, pp. 415-429.
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