Katharina Comoth

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Katharina Comoth (c. 1967)

Katharina Comoth (* 14 December 1940 in Aachen) is a German philosopher.

Life and work

Katharina Comoth studied philosophy, journalism, political science and history at the Free University of Berlin and was awarded her doctorate by the Faculty of Philosophy there in 1970 by its dean Thomas Nipperdey; she was the last (private) assistant of Emil Dovifat († 1969).[1]

The thematic focus of her publications is in the field of systematic theory of ideas, historical idealism research – especially in relation to triad and triplicity in Plato and in Hegel – as well as mediaevistics and patristics (especially Origen).[2] In her monographs of 1995 and 1998 she reconstructed for the first time with texts of classical Greek philosophy and poetry as well as with works of art such as the ‘philosopher’s head with the E’ the connection of Hestia as a reflective substance esti ‘in the midst of the sphaera’ with the E apud Delphos, and in her monograph of 2004 the cosmos in the ‘intersection’ of THEOTOKOS with a view to Alethes logos and logos tou Theou.

In addition to her book publications, she has written numerous individual articles and reviews in anthologies and professional journals.

Comoth is a member of the International Hegel Association, the German Society for Philosophy, and The International Plato Society. She donated the memorial plaque for Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel at the house Plöck No. 48-50 in Heidelberg.[3]

Since her dissertation, she has criticized ideology in the decay of philosophical criteria.[4]


Authorship (monographs)

  • Nature and the law of freedom. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2018, ISBN 978-3-8253-6940-8. (Contributions to Philosophy. New Series)
  • God himself and the idea. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2009, ISBN 978-3-8253-5642-2.
  • Origin of Truth in Philosophical Statutes. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2004, ISBN 978-3-8253-1550-4
  • From the ground of the idea. Constellations with Plato. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 2000, ISBN 978-3-8253-0999-2
  • Hestia. On the Meaning of the Mystical E [Epsilon]. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 1998, ISBN 978-3-8253-0614-4
  • Reconstructions to the Delphic E [Epsilon] and Gnostic Γ [Gamma]. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 1995, ISBN 978-3-8253-0327-3
  • Quasi Perfectum. Subjectivity around the Trinity. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 1992, ISBN 978-3-8253-4492-4
  • Mediaevalia Moderna in the course of thought from Augustine to Hegel. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 1988, ISBN 978-3-8253-4003-2
  • The Idea as Ideal. Trias und Triplizität bei Hegel. Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg 1986, ISBN 3-533-03706-1 (Contributions to Philosophy, New Series)
  • The “Realization of Philosophy”. Subjectivity and Objectification in the Thought of the Young Marx. Bouvier, Bonn 1975, ISBN 3-416-01024-8. (Academic Lectures and Essays. Heft 41)
  • Journalistic Elements in the Teaching of the Young Marx. A Contribution to the “Realization of Philosophy”. Inaugural Dissertation. Philosophical Faculty of the Free University of Berlin, Berlin 1970 (Dissertationsdruckstelle)


  • A Letter from Schadow to Hegel. In: Jahrbuch für Hegelforschung 6/7 (2000/2001), 193 f.
    (Johann Gottfried Schadow 1830 to Hegel as Rector of the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin)
  • A document on Hegel’s stay in Heidelberg. In: Hegel-Studien 20 (1985), 117 ff.
    (p. 119 facsimile with Hegel autograph of 1818 from the Heidelberg City Archives)[5]
  • Im Angesicht des Meeres: Hegel auf der Insel Rügen. In: Jahrbuch für Hegelforschung 15-17 (2014), 135 f.
    (with detail of a letter from Susanna Freifrau von Tucher to her daughter Mari(e) Hegel; Hegel traveled to the island of Rügen in 1819)

Presentations and articles (selection)

  • The Jesuits. In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 70 (2017), 62-65.
  • Nero as Apollo Citharoedus and Apocalypsis Ioannis 13:18. in Philotheos. International Journal for Philosophy and Theology 15 (2015), 47-50; with additions in (monographs, see above:) Nature and the Law of Freedom ( 2018), 25-33.
  • Plutarch: De E apud Delphos. In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 67 (2014), 5-8.
  • On recognition: In the Philosophicum gehts um die ‘Gottesmaus’ (Hegel WS 1825/26). In: Philotheos. International Journal for Philosophy and Theology 14 (2014), 202-204; with additions of archival research, among others, regarding Hubert Auer as then Provost of St. Hedwig zu Berlin in (monographs, see above:) Nature and the Law of Freedom (2018), 37-45.[6]
  • The scientific plagiarism. In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 63 (2010), 23 f.
  • Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 61 (2008), 322-327.
  • On Life: Hegel and Schleiermacher. In: Hegel-Jahrbuch 2007, 155 ff.
  • Hegel Handbook. In: Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 59 (2006), 3-7.
  • The Sacred Self: An engagement with Plato and Origen. In: Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum 96 (2006), 209-214.
  • Ravenna in the context of Christian Alexandrinism. In: Origeniana Octava vol. 2 (2003) , 1219-1227.
  • Episteme and doxa: Origen in context. In: Origeniana Quinta (1992) , 340-345.
  • Hegemonikon. Meister Eckhart’s recourse to Origen. In: Origeniana Quarta (1987) , 265-269.
  • Aesthetics of the New and Philosophy of the Beautiful. In: Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 28 (1986) , 327-329.
  • Hegel’s “Logic” and Speculative Mysticism. On Types of the Trinitarian Symbolon. In: Hegel-Studien 19 (1984), 65-93.
  • Light as a Universal Basic Determination. In: Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 26 (1984) , 235-237.
  • Génesis und théosis: Zwei Grundwörter spekulativer Philosophie und ihre anthropologische Bedeutung am Beispiel Hegels. In: Man and the Sciences of Man. Innsbruck 1983, vol. 1, 237-240.
  • Albertus Magnus und die spekulative deutsche Mystik. In: Salzburger Jahrbuch für Philosophie 26/27 (1981/82), 99-102.
  • Pax universalis. Philosophy and Politics in Dante’s ‘Monarchia’. In: Miscellanea Mediaevalia 12/2, Berlin/New York 1980, 341-350.
  • Becoming God. Ein Beitrag zur spekulativen Theologie Meister Eckharts, in: Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 21,1 (1979), Berlin, pp. 92-101


  • Who’s Who?The German Who’s Who, 52nd ed. 2015-2016, ISBN 978-3-7950-2055-2, p. 152.

Individual references

  1. Cf. (on the occasion of the installation of the Berlin memorial plaque for Emil Dovifat🙂 Freie Universität Berlin, Universitätsarchiv: FU-info. The Magazine of Freie Universität Berlin. No. 7/1990 (of July 27, 1990), p. 24 and Bernd Sösemann (ed.): Emil Dovifat. Studies and Documents on Life and Work. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/New York 1998, ISBN 978-3-11-015771-0. p. 376 and p. 392. [Reprint 2010 and e-book.]
  2. Regesta Imperii: RI-Opac: The Literature Database on the Middle Ages, plus the bibliography (compiled by Erwin Schadel) in Estudios Trinitarios (Salamanca) 25 (1991), pp. 475-477 and 40 (2006), pp. 332-335 [with reviews of works by Katharina Comoth].
  3. [Picture] Documentation in Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 42nd volume / No. 266 of 18/19 November 1986, p. 5 and The Owl of Minerva. Journal of the Hegel Society of America. Vol. 18,2 (Spring 1987), p. 219: Tracing Hegel’s Footsteps. Cf. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in Bad Ems. (1827) In: Geschichtsverein Bad Ems. Vereinsnachrichten November 2017 (VN 139), p. 15 (with ill.).
  4. Cf. Two Types of Result. Zur Aktualität der Hegelschen “Logik”. In: Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 1982 (24), 119-123, on which Gerd Wolandt: Letztbegründung und Tatsachenbezug. Bonn 1983, p. 226.
  5. Findings report in: Ruperto Carola. Heidelberger Universitätshefte, 36. Jg., H. 71: 1984 [in the archives of the University of Heidelberg], p. 110.
  6. Reviews: Aurora Campos, AVGVSTINVS Revista (Madrid) LXIII (2018), 529; Stefan Schick, Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 72 (2019), 161-164; Yvon Brès, Revue philosophique de la France et de l’étranger 144 (2019), 389-390; Bernhard Braun, Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie 141 (2019), 385; Andreas Arndt, Hegel-Studien 53/54 (2020), 347-348.

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