Dagobert D. Runes


Dagobert D. Runes

Dagobert David Runes (January 6, 1902 – September 24, 1982) was a philosopher and author. Born in Zastavna, Bukovina, Austro-Hungary (now in Ukraine), he emigrated to the United States in 1926. He had received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Vienna in 1924. In the U.S. he became editor of The Modern Thinker and later Current Digest. From 1931 to 1934 he was Director of the Institute for Advanced Education in New York City. In 1941 he founded the Philosophical Library, a spiritual organization and publisher. Runes was a colleague and friend of Albert Einstein.

Runes published an English translation of Marx's On the Jewish Question under the title A World without Jews, and he edited several works presenting the ideas and history of philosophy to a general audience.

Dagobert moved to the United States with his wife Mary. They remarried in NYC in 1929 and remained married until Mary's death. They had two children Regeen and Richard together.

Selected works

  • Dictionary of Philosophy (editor) Philosophical Library, 1942.
  • Jordan Lieder: Frühe Gedichte (in German) The Philosophical Library, 1948.
  • Letters to My Son The Philosophical Library, 1949.
  • Letters to My Daughter The Philosophical Library, 1954.
  • Spinoza Dictionary The Philosophical Library, 1951.
  • On the Nature of Man The Philosophical Library, 1956.
  • Treasury of Philosophy (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1955.
  • Pictorial History of Philosophy (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • Dictionary of Thought (editor) Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • A World without Jews (translator) The Philosophical Library, 1959.
  • The Art of Thinking The Philosophical Library, 1961.
  • A Treasury of World Science (editor) The Philosophical Library, 1962.
  • "Despotism: A Pictorial History of Tyranny" (author) The Philosophical Library, 1963 Library of Congress Card catalog #62-22269
  • The Disinterested and the Law The Philosophical Library, 1964.

Sources

  • Ulrich E Bach. “Dagobert D. Runes: Ein streitbarer Verleger in New York.” In Deutschsprachige Exilliteratur seit 1933 3/I USA Supplement. Ed. John M. Spalek, Konrad Feilchenfeldt and Sandra H. Hawrylchak. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010: 278-295.
  • Dagobert Runes, obituary, New York Times, September 27, 1982, p. D-9.
  • Pictorial History of Philosophy by Dagobert D. Runes, 1959.

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