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Manfred S. Frings papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Printed Materials


Biographical Materials and Teaching Materials


Conferences, Heidegger and Scheler notes and research materials

Frings Papers donated by Kenneth Stikkers

Manfred S. Frings papers, 1949-2002 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Christina M. Bleyer

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Collection Overview

Title: Manfred S. Frings papers, 1949-2002Add to your cart.

ID: 1/2/MSS 349

Primary Creator: Frings, Manfred S.

Extent: 16.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into 6 series: Printed Materials, Correspondence, Biographical and Teaching Materials, Writings, Conferences, and Frings Papers donated by Kenneth Stikkers

Date Acquired: 00/00/2014

Subjects: Husserl, Edmund, 1859-1938, Philosophy - Study and teaching

Languages: English, German, Italian, Russian, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Manfred S. Frings Papers contain Printed Materials including books, journals and offprints edited or authored by Manfred Frings, and works authored by others. It also contains correspondence, biographical and teaching materials, as well as Dr. Frings's conference records and research materials. The papers hold correspondence with Martin Heidegger and copies of letters from Max Scheler, Edmund Husserl, and Martin Heidegger can also be found here.

Biographical Note

Born on 27 February 1925 in Cologne-Lindenthal, Germany, Manfred Frings was the third son of Gottfried and Maria Frings. He attended a Catholic elementary school, lived close to a Jewish community where he forged significant friendships shaping his later antipathy towards Nazism. Both his school and home were destroyed during the bombing of Cologne in WWII, and he remembered rescuing his mother from the ruins of their house. He was drafted into the German military near the end of the war, and was captured by American forces and sent to a POW camp near Rouen, France, where he made the first of many lifelong friendships with Americans.

Following the war, Frings attended the University of Cologne, where he studied philosophy, English and French. He earned his doctorate in philosophy in 1953. In 1958 his dream of emigrating to America was realized when he accepted an invitation to teach philosophy at the University of Detroit. In 1962 he accepted an appointment in philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. From 1966 to his retirement in 1992, he taught at DePaul University in Chicago. He subsequently continued teaching part-time at the University of New Mexico. At various points throughout his career, he served as visiting professor and lecturer at the Universities of Cologne, Freiburg, Oxford, and Sorbonne.

Frings initiated the annual International Heidegger Conference at DePaul in 1966. He was one of six scholars chosen by Martin Heidegger to be the original editors of Heidegger’s Collected Works (Gesamtausgabe). He edited Heidegger’s 1942-1944 lectures on Parmenides and Heraclitus (volumes 54 and 55 of the Gesamtausgabe). Since 1970, he served as editor of the Collected Works (Gesammelte Werke) of Max Scheler (1874-1928), a task completed with the publication of vol. 15 in 1997. He was President (then President Emeritus) of the international Max Scheler Society (Max-Scheler-Gesellschaft), as well as a founding father of the Max Scheler Society of North America.

The principal focus of Frings’s career was Scheler’s phenomenology of values, sociology of knowledge, ethics, political theory, and philosophy of time. Among Frings’ major contributions are the recognition he brought to Scheler’s phenomenology as a credible alternative to Edmund Husserl’s, his clarification of the relationship between Scheler and Heidegger in his seminal Person und Dasein (1969), and his concept of absolute time in his LifeTime: Max Scheler’s Philosophy of Time (2003). He has published well over a hundred articles, and edited twenty-four books, including his notable The Mind of Max Scheler: The First Comprehensive Guide Based on the Complete Works (1997, 2nd ed. 2001). His publications have been translated into Chinese, French, Japanese, and German. His work was recognized in a special audience with Pope John Paul II, himself an accomplished Scheler scholar, and by Martin Heidegger in personal meetings in Freiburg.

Frings passed away in 2008.

Subject/Index Terms

Husserl, Edmund, 1859-1938
Philosophy - Study and teaching

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Item], Manfred S. Frings papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Printed Materials],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Biographical Materials and Teaching Materials],
[Series 4: Writings],
[Series 5: Conferences, Heidegger and Scheler notes and research materials],
[Series 6: Frings Papers donated by Kenneth Stikkers],

Series 6: Frings Papers donated by Kenneth StikkersAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Max Scheler, The idea of Peace and PacifismAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Martin Heidegger, Der Anfang des abendlaendischen Denekns HeraklitAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Jim Moore, "Hegel's Phenomenology of Religion: Mysticism or Humanism? with a critique from Max Scheler"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dr. Frings' translation of Husserl's Ideas IIAdd to your cart.
This appears to be an earlier version of the translation than the copy found previously in the collection.
Folder 5: Edward Vacek, Anthropological Foundations of Scheler's Ethics of Love, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Howard Becker MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Howard Becker was an American who attended Scheler's lectures. When Scheler died, a small address book/ notebook was found in his jacket and Howard Becker's name was printed there, not in Scheler's handwriting. It is surmised that Becker wrote his name in Scheler's book.
Folder 7: Jurgen Busche, Auf der Suche nach der Naehe des DenkensAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Curt Hohoff, Ein neues Herz aus der Asche des altenAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Copy of letter to Edmund Husserl from Max SchelerAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Errata to Max Scheler, Probleme einer Soziologie des WissensAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Edward Vacek, Types of LoveAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Max Scheler Study GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Theodor Rutt, Bildungs theoretische Beitrage in den Werken Max SchelersAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Kurt H. Wolff, Scheler's Shadow on usAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Martin Heidegger, Neuzeitliche Naturwissenschaft und Moderne TechnikAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Manfred Frings: Max Scheler: A descriptive analysis of the concept of ultimate realityAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Manfred S. Frings, List of PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Book review: Frings, Philosophy of Predication and CapitalismAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Student PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Some thoughts on what Heidegger and Holderlin have in commonAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Max SchelerAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: William A. DeRonne, Summary of Manfred Frings' article, Max SchelerAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Koeln Max Scheler ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Max Scheler, Drei Aufsaetze, Tod, Kapitalismus, Das TragischeAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Brochure: Max Scheler Gesammelte Werke in 14 Baenden und in EinzelausgabenAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Einleitung, RessentimentAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Max Scheler's Explication of Ultimate RealityAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Nothingness and Being: A Schelerian Comment presented to the Heidegger Circle 1975 MontrealAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: The Idea of Peace in the Philosophies of Kant and Max SchelerAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Problems of a Sociology of KnowledgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Translation draft and notes, Shame and Feelings of ModestyAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence with Walter BiemelAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence with H. Miles GrothAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Correspondence with Michael KlostermannAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence with Wilhelm MaderAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence with Gerhard PfafferottAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Correspondence with Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd.Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence with Paul Arthur SchilppAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence with Peter SpaderAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Correspondence with Kenneth StikkersAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Correspondence with Elizabeth StrokerAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Correspondence with Edward VacekAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Correspondence with Sigrid von MoisyAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Susan M. Postel, The Philosophy of Max Scheler: Implications of "Ordo Amoris" and "The Meaning of Suffering" for PsychotherapyAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Printed Materials],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Biographical Materials and Teaching Materials],
[Series 4: Writings],
[Series 5: Conferences, Heidegger and Scheler notes and research materials],
[Series 6: Frings Papers donated by Kenneth Stikkers],

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