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Karl Friedrich Stäudlin

Karl Friedrich Stäudlin (July 25, 1761 – July 5, 1826) was a German Protestant theologian born in Stuttgart.

He studied theology in Tübingen, and from 1790 was a professor of theology at the University of Göttingen, where remained for nearly 36 years. In 1803 he was appointed Consistorialrath.[1]

He was an advocate of "rational Supranaturalism". His writings largely dealt with church history, moral theology and moral philosophy.[2] On the latter subject, he was profoundly influenced by the work of Immanuel Kant.[3]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Geschichte und Geist des Skeptizismus (History and spirit of skepticism), 1794.
  • Kirchliche Geographie und Statistik (Religious history and statistics), 1804.
  • Geschichte der philosophie und biblischen Moral (History of philosophy and Biblical morals), 1805.
  • Geschichte der christlichen Moral (History of Christian morals), 1808.
  • Geschichte der theologischen Wissenschaften (History of theological science), 1810–11.
  • Geschichte des Rationalismus und Supernaturalismus (History of rationalism and supranaturalism), 1826.


  • John C. Laursen, “Skepticism and the History of Moral Philosophy: The Case of Carl Friedrich Stäudlin”, in John van der Zande and Richard Popkin (eds.), The Sceptical Tradition around 1800: Scepticism in Philosophy, Science, and Society, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 1998.
  • Bibliography of Karl Friedrich Stäudlin