Letter 383c

383c. Count Friedrich Karl von Thürheim to Schelling in Würzburg: Würzburg, 22 April 1804 [*]

Würzburg, 22 April 1804

Most esteemed Sir,

my most cordial thanks for the book on religion and philosophy. [1]

I am sorry that your esteemed Sir allowed a matter that does not really fall within the purview of his official professional capacity to prompt him to issue declarations in the academic senate that, as I have in the meantime learned, became a bit more vehement than simple enthusiasm for the good cause might otherwise have warranted.

I offered the academic chair for anatomy to the most renowned men in this area and learned shortly before my departure for Anspach that Ackermann, too, on whom I had set my last hope, could not be secured. Experience must now determine whether it was a mistake to have appointed a young man to whom authoritative attestations attribute along with the requisite learning also the gift of clear exposition. [2]

I abide with the most complete respect your esteemed Sir’s

most devoted Servant

Würzburg, 22 April 1804


[*] Fuhrmans 1:309–11.

Concerning the background to this reprimand, see Schelling’s letter to Carl Joseph Windischmann on 7 April 1804 (letter 383b). Georg Friedrich Zentner had already admonished Schelling to refrain from behavior that might compromise his scholarly reputation as a “calm, dispassionate seeker of truth” in his letter to Schelling on 22 November 1803 (letter 381e). Back.

[1] Philosophie und Religion (Tübingen 1804). Back.

[2] The chair for anatomy had as a result of the university’s reorganization been separated from that for surgery. Johann Friedrich Fuchs remained as professor of anatomy for only a year in Würzburg. Back.

Translation © 2017 Doug Stott