Who is Victor Basch?June 26, 2021
Victor Basch (b. 1863, Budapest – d. 1944, Neyron, Ain) was a French philosopher.
He was a specialist in German language and literature. He was a professor at the universities of Nancy (1885), Rennes (1887), Paris (1906). His theses, L’Esthétique de Kant (1896; Kant’s Aesthetics) and Poétique de Schiller (1897; Schiller’s Poetics), brought him to the newly established chair of aesthetics at the Sorbonne (1918). He published several works on German philosophy: la Philosophie allemande au XIXes, (1912; 19th Century German Philosophy), les doctrines politiques des philosophies classiques de l’Allemagne (1928; The Political Teachings of the Classical German Philosophers).
Beginning in 1898, he participated in political action for the retrial of the Dreyfus case. In this capacity, he became one of the pioneers of the antifascist Popular Front politics. Victor Basch and his wife were killed by the militia during the German occupation.