Who is Georg Bernhard Bilfinger?June 25, 2021
Georg Bernhard Bilfinger; German philosopher, mathematician and statesman.
Born in Germany in 1693, Georg Bernhard Bilfinger is also known for his Leibniz-Wolffian philosophy and was also interested in philosophy, astronomy, physics, botany and theology. This Leibniz-Wolffian term is a term that philosophers refer to as their position between Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Christian Wolff.
Bilfinger, who also served as a court preacher for a time, became a professor of philosophy at the university in 1721. Appointed professor of moral philosophy and mathematics in 1724; however, he was dismissed from this post due to his relationship with Wolff, who was expelled from Halle in 1723, and the accusations of atheism against him. With the help of Wolff, in 1725 St. He became a professor in St. Petersburg. He received the highest award in a competition sponsored by the Paris Academy for his thesis De Causa Gravitatis Physica Generali (1728; “For General Physical Cause”). Reclaiming his reputation, Bilfinger returned to the University of Tübingen as professor of theology in 1731.
Bilfinger’s greatest contribution to philosophy is the theory of probability. The German philosopher, who put forward many ideas about God, the human soul and the physical world in general, died in Stuttgart in 1750, one of the most successful and versatile thinkers of his time.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook