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P1: JZZ 0521854970c01 CUNY147B/Moggach 32 0 521 85497 0 January 26, 2006 11:26 Norbert Waszek Prussia in disgust in 1825, and turned to France, no doubt in the hope of finding a suitable position there. When this project also failed, he took the painful decision to convert to Protestantism in late 1825. Having thus removed legal obstacles that were certainly inspired by anti-semitism, he was made associate professor of law at the University of Berlin in 1826. In 1828, he was promoted to a chair and became one of the most successful academic teachers of his time.
That misconception overshadowed Gans’ more original contributions. 7 An English edition of a selection of his writings is long overdue. ]. In 18 vols. (Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 1832–1845). Gans’ editions were published in 1833 (Philosophy of Right) and in 1837 (Philosophy of History), respectively. Eduard Gans, “Nekrolog” in Allgemeine Preussische Staatszeitung. Nr. 333 (December 1, 1831), p. 1751 f – now available in Gans (1991), pp. 102–6. This is the biography that was conceived as a supplementary volume to the above-cited edition of Hegel’s works (1832–45).
The deterioration of the wider political context of the Restoration touched Gans personally, a trauma that marked him permanently. 22 If this background made Gans’ family prosperous during Eduard’s childhood, his father’s sudden death in 1813, at a critical period because of the war against Napoleon, left his heirs and successor (Eduard was the oldest of four children) in difficulties. Debts and legal procedures overshadowed Eduard’s early manhood. 23 19 20 21 22 23 While Meyer, Origins, 149, makes a passing remark about Berlin’s intellectual decline between the death of Frederick the Great (1786) and the foundation of the university (1810), most commentators underline the astonishing advances in the social situation and the cultural achievements of the Prussian Jews; cf.
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