Who is Felix Weil?June 25, 2021
Who Felix Weil Was Felix Weil, or as his full name Félix José Weil, was a German philosopher who lived from February 8, 1898 to September 18, 1975. Weil was a German Marxist who provided funds to establish the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Felix Weil was born into a wealthy merchant family. Her father was Hermann Weil and her mother was Rosa Weil. At the age of 9, he started his education life at the Goethe-Gymnasium school in Germany.
Married to Käthe Bachert in 1921, Weil moved to Argentina for a year. The couple remained married until 1929. Felix married four more times after this marriage: Margot Jacoby, Lucille Jacobowitz (1939), Helen Knopping (1942) and Anne (1950).
During his university life, he went to the University of Tübingen, where he graduated with a doctorate in political science, and also to the University of Frankfurt, where he would become famous. While at these universities he became increasingly interested in socialism and Marxism.
In 1923 he financed the “Erste Marxistische Arbeitswoche” (First Marxist Work Week) conference held in Ilmenau, Germany. Various left-wing figures such as Georg Lukacs, Karl Korsch, Richard Sorge, Friedrich Pollock and Karl August Wittfogel also attended the event.
The success of this event led him and his friend Friedrich Pollock to found the Institute for Social Research in 1924 with the help of a donation from his father.
Weil himself was an orthodox Marxist who accepted Marxism as scientific; The Institut’s role was to be primarily social and historical research on the labor movement. Indeed, in its early years, the Institute conducted historical research on very orthodox grounds.
However, one of Weil’s main goals was interdisciplinary research, which the German university system made impossible.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırımr?