Ludwig Baur

9th April 1871 to 14th January 1943

Ludwig Baur, signature, University of Breslau, 1930-1931

German theologian Ludwig Baur studied Catholic theology in Tübingen.

In 1925 he became full professor of Catholic theology at the University of Breslau, where he remained until retirement, as far as I have been able to ascertain. He does not appear in the staff lists of the University of Breslau handbooks after 1930/31.

In the handbook for 1930/1931, however, his subject areas are listed as ‘special metaphysics’ (on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 8am to 9am) and ‘history of modern philosophy’ (on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm).

Ludwig Baur, 1930/1931, University of Breslau, Faculty of Philosophy

In a final time-table listing, it states that he also gives classes in Philosofische übungen über die staatsphilosophe des aristotle seiner politik (Philosophical exercises on state philosophy in Aristotle’s politics), Book III, which took place on Sundays, from 11am to 12.30pm.

By 1930/1931, Baur was a member of the academic administration team, as can be seen in the exact below.

Ludwig Baur, University of Breslau, 1930-1931

Also in the university handbook from 1930/31, Baur is listed as a doctor of theology and as working in business management. In addition, he is also Director of the philosophy seminars – so, he was a senior member of staff.

Ludwig Baur, University of Breslau, 1930/31, listing

Baur was on the management team for finance at the University of Breslau (as can be seen in the extract below), an examiner in jurisprudence, and a member of the ‘scientific examination office’ (Wissenschaftliches prüfungsamt).

Ludwig Baur, Finance Institute, University of Breslau, 1930/31

In all, the information gleaned here about Dr Ludwig Baur from the university handbook gives a picture of an academic world that took itself very seriously indeed. Students attend classes seven days a week, from early in the morning until into the evening: not a light commitment – especially in this part of the world in winter. It would seem, then, to be a world in which learning and teaching and thinking were everything, which certainly chimes with the sense of the importance of education that we gleaned from one of Baur’s students, Werner Weissenberg.

All black and white extracts on this page are from the 'Vorlesungs und Personal Verzeichnis der Schlesischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität zu Breslau Winter Semester 1930/1931', available online from the University of Wrocław.