BA -- Philosophy

Die chinesischsprachige Hegel-Rezeption von 1902 bis 2000: eine Bibliographie [Chinese-Language Hegel Reception from 1902 to 2000: A Bibliography]. Martin Müller. Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2002. 480 p. ill. 21 cm. (Hegeliana, 16). ISBN 3-631-39747-X: EUR 65.40 [03-1-077]

Compiled from an examination of western and Chinese-language printed bibliographies, as well as bibliographies and library catalogs on the Internet, this work aims to provide as complete as possible a listing of publications on Hegel in Chinese. Section A contains all Chinese translations of Hegel’s works (107 titles, from 1931 to 2001), and section B lists all works about Hegel—whether published independently or as part of other publications (ca. 2,900 titles). Titles are arranged chronologically in both sections. They are entered in transcription accompanied by German translations and by title and author in Chinese script, but are otherwise unannotated.

The introduction presents qualitative and quantitative aspects of Chinese Hegel reception, and the author estimates that the secondary works listed represent 10% of Hegel publications worldwide, which would make Hegel the most often reviewed non-Marxist western author in China. The bibliography serves as a supplement to Kurt Steinhauer’s Hegel Bibliography: Background Material on the International Reception of Hegel within the Context of the History of Philosophy (see RREA 6:84). [sh/jc]

Handbuch der freimaurerischen Grundbegriffe [Handbook of the Basic Concepts of Freemasonry]. Helmut Reinalter. Innsbruck [et al.]: Studien-Verlag, 2002. 194 p. 24 cm. (Quellen und Darstellungen zur europäischen Freimaurerei, 1). ISBN 3-7065-1509-1: EUR 24 [03-1-078]

More than other works on Freemasonry reviewed in RREA (see RREA 6:93–94, and RREA 7:66), the present volume provides a broad-based orientation to the ideals and practice of Freemasonry, without a specific focus on one country or culture. Despite the title, however, it does not offer a seamless, unified presentation of the topic. The 21 articles by 13 contributors are arranged in three sections: (1) history, organization, and ideas (including information about lodges and rituals); (2) goals and principles of conduct (e.g., humanitarianism, tolerance, brotherhood, freedom, obligation); (3) relationship to politics, society, and culture (including such topics as the role of women and conspiracy theories). Brief bibliographic citations at the ends of chapters, and a selective bibliography at the close of the book, provide opportunities for further exploration, but nearly all sources cited are in German.

As a wide-ranging, reliable source for a long-lived, international movement championing brotherhood, tolerance, and individualism while arousing mistrust, suspicion, and occasional persecution, this book is recommended for all libraries, public as well as academic. [sh/gw]

Die deutschen und österreichischen Freimaurerbestände im Deutschen Sonderarchiv in Moskau (heute Aufbewahrungszentrum der Historisch-dokumentarischen Kollektionen) [The Records of German and Austrian Freemasons in the German Special Archive in Moscow (Today the Central Depository of the Collections of Historical Documents)]. Ed. Helmut Reinalter; transl. (into German) Katharina Böttger. Frankfurt a.M.: Lang, 2002. xix, 758 p. 21 cm. (Schriftenreihe der Internationalen Forschungsstelle “Demokratische Bewegungen in Mitteleuropa 1770–1850,” 35). ISBN 3-631-31503-1: EUR 98 [03-1-079]

After the Second World War the Soviet Red Army looted German archives and libraries and took some of the contents to Moscow (see Beutekunst = Trofeĭnoe iskusstvo = Trophy Art, reviewed in RREA 6:48). The records from archives and libraries of the Freemasons of Berlin and other cities had previously been seized by the Nazis. These records were kept under lock and key in Moscow in a “Special Archive” for German materials until the Soviet Union was dissolved. The Freemasons’ records can now be accessed with the help of the finding aid listed above, which arranges records by provenance. Each entry has been assigned an accession number; it lists the title of the record, the time period covered, and the number of pages. In the 1950s about 10% of this collection was returned to East Germany, but the bulk remains in Moscow and needs to be used there. It is possible to request photocopies of some of the collection directly from the archive in Moscow, but specific information on how to do that, as well as addresses and even the exact Russian name of the special archive, are not given here. [sh/ba]

Russkoe Masonstvo 1731–2000: Ėntsiklopedicheskiĭ slovar’ [Russian Freemasonry, 1731–2000: Encyclopedic Dictionary]. A.I. Serkov. Moskva: ROSSPEN, 2001. 1,222 p. ill. 27 cm. ISBN 5-8243-0240-5: EUR 72; available from Kubon & Sagner, München [03-1-080]

This biographical dictionary of Russian Freemasonry is divided into three parts: a short historical dictionary of Masonic terminology, followed by a biographical dictionary of more than 10,000 entries on Russian Freemasons, and a listing of Freemason lodges and their members. The latter is further divided into three chronological sections: the 18th century, 1800–1861, and 1861–2000. Also included in the volume are special sections: a list of foreign lodges with Russian members and a listing of every lodge alphabetically by name. The biographies in the second part are mostly very short and confined to significant facts, even in the case of well-known individuals. Each article contains a heading with name, dates and places of birth and death, and an indication of lodge affiliation, followed by biographical facts, genealogical information, and bibliographical references to primary and secondary sources. The numerous abbreviations for references are listed in the front of the work. Illustrations are collected in three sections, the first being in color. Th e first and third sections illustrate Freemason symbols, etc., and the second contains portraits. [sh/hrh]

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