Ernst Tugendhat (1930-2023)

On 13 March 2023, the philosopher Ernst Tugendhat died at the age of 93. The first-born son of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat was born in 1930 in Brno, where he lived until he was 8 years old. In 1938, the threat of the arrival of Nazi troops forced the family to emigrate from what was then Czechoslovakia, first to Switzerland and then to Venezuela.

After the war, he studied classical philology at Stanford University in California and became a recognized authority in the field.

He has worked at the University of Freiburg, the Max-Planck Institute in Starnberg and the Free University of Berlin. Since 1992 he has been a visiting professor in Santiago de Chile. He spent the autumn of his life in Tübingen and then Freiburg in Breslau.

His famous lectures have entered the history of philosophy. The focus of his interest lay in the field of analytical ethics. His work has been translated into English as Three Lectures on the Problems of Ethics, Logical-semantic Propaedeutics, and Lectures on Ethics.

Ernst Tugendhat became an honorary citizen of Brno in 2001 and was the last member of his family to spend part of his childhood in Villa Tugendhat.

We extend our sincerest condolences to all family members.

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