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1823 Ignaz Troxler, Luzern’s Gymnasium, pedagogy, philosophy, First Edition

1823 Ignaz Troxler, Luzern’s Gymnasium, pedagogy, philosophy, First Edition

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German Classic on the Philosophy of Education in First Edition.

Troxler, Ignaz Paul Vital

Luzern’s Gymnasium und Lyceum. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte und Philosophie oeffentlicher Erzeihung und ihrer Anstalten. Glarus, Freuler. 1823.

8vo. pp. x, pp. 228, errata leaf. Contemporary waxed boards with gilt label to spine. Light wear to binding. 

Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler (August 17, 1780 – March 6, 1866) was a Swiss physician, politician, and philosopher.

Troxler was born in August 1780 in Beromünster, Switzerland. He studied in Jena and Göttingen. Among his teachers were Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling. After earning his degree, he worked as a physician in Vienna, where he befriended Ludwig van Beethoven and married Wilhelmine Polborn. During that time, Troxler discovered a phenomenon of visual perception which is remarkably often confused with color-fading color-adaptation, that now bears his name, Troxler's fading.

This very scarce early work by Troxler is devoted to his work on pedagogy and written at a time when Troxler was professor for philosophy and history at the lyceum in Lucerne, a post he  had to leave after a year due to political struggle as part of the radical-liberal movement. The work promotes the idea of a free educational and considers the limits of education as a human cultural characteristic from a philosophical standpoint.

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