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Eugen Fink
German philosopher

Eugen Fink

Eugen Fink
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A.K.A. Финк Ойген, Ойген Финк, Финк Эйген, Эйг�...
Was Philosopher Professor Educator
From Germany
Field Academia Philosophy
Gender male
Birth 11 December 1905, Konstanz, Germany
Death 25 July 1975, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (aged 69 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
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Eugen Fink (11 December 1905 – 25 July 1975) was a German philosopher.


Fink was born in 1905 as the son of a government official in Germany. He spent his first school years with an uncle who was a Catholic priest. Fink attended a grammar school in Konstanz where he succeeded with his extraordinary memory. After his graduation exam in 1925, he studied philosophy, history, German language and economics, initially at Münster and Berlin and then in Freiburg with Edmund Husserl.


As Husserl's assistant, he was a representative of phenomenological idealism and later a follower of Martin Heidegger. He approached the problem of Being as a manifestation of the cosmic movement with Man being a participant in this movement. Fink called the philosophical problems pre-questions, that will lead to the true philosophy by the way of an ontological practice.


  • Vom Wesen des Enthusiasmus, Freiburg 1947
  • Zur ontologischen Frühgeschichte von Raum - Zeit - Bewegung, Den Haag 1957
  • Alles und Nichts, Den Haag 1959
  • Spiel als Weltsymbol, Stuttgart 1960
  • Nietzsches Philosophie, Stuttgart 1960
  • Metaphysik und Tod, Stuttgart 1969
  • Heraklit. Seminar mit Martin Heidegger, Frankfurt/Main 1970
  • Erziehungswissenschaft und Lebenslehre, Freiburg 1970
  • Natur, Freiheit, Welt : Philosophie der Erziehung, Wuerzburg, 1992
  • Sein und Mensch. Vom Wesen der ontologischen Erfahrung, Freiburg 1977
  • Grundfragen der systematischen Pädagogik, Freiburg 1978
  • Grundphänomene des menschlichen Daseins, Freiburg 1979
  • Grundfragen der antiken Philosophie, Würzburg 1985
  • VI. Cartesianische Meditation. I: Die Idee einer Transzendentalen Methodenlehre Dordrecht 1988
  • Welt und Endlichkeit, Würzburg 1990
  • Hegel, Frankfurt 2006
  • Eugen Fink Gesamtausgabe edited by Cathrin Nielsen and Hans Rainer Sepp in collaboration with Franz-Anton Schwarz, Freiburg: Alber, 2006-
  • Published volumes:
    • Vol. 1. Nähe und Distanz. Studien zur Phänomenologie (2011);
    • Vol. 3.1 Die Doktorarbeit und erste Assistenzjahre bei Husserl (2006);
    • Vol. 3.3 Grammata: zu Husserls Krisis-Schriften, Dorothy Ott-Seminare, Interpretationen zu Kant und Hegel, Notizen zu Gesprächen im Umkreis der Freiburger Phänomenologie. (2011);
    • Vol. 7 Spiel als Weltsymbol (2010);
    • Vol. 13 Epilegomena zu I. Kants Kritik der reinen Vernunft (2010).

English translations

  • Play as Symbol of the World. And Other Writings. Translated with an introduction by Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.
  • Sixth Cartesian meditation. The Idea of a Transcendental Theory of Method with textual notations by Edmund Husserl. Translated with an introduction by Ronald Bruzina, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995
  • Nietzsche's Philosophy translated by Goetz Richter London, New York: Continuum, 2003
  • Heraclitus Seminar. with Martin Heidegger, (Winter semester 1966/1967 at Freiburg University), Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1993
  • Cairns, Dorion, Conversations with Husserl and Fink. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1976
  • "Oasis of Happiness: Thoughts toward an Ontology of Play". Translated by Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner. Purlieu: A Philosophical Journal 1, no. 4 (2012), pp. 20–42.
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