The Nobel Prize in Literature 1908
Idealism raises our life to greatness above the hubbub of everyday life by representation of eternal truths; in midst of our dark situation it can strengthen our belief in reason of life. Only faith can enable us to cope with enormous obstacles, fill us with confidence of success.
Student, University of Göttingen. Eucken (middle) with members of his fraternity, 1865. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Rudolph Dührkoop, 1848-1918. Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Name:Rudolf Christoph Eucken
Birth: 5 January 1846, Aurich, East Friesland (now Germany)
Death: 14 September 1926, Jena, Germany
Residence at the time of the award: Germany
Prize Motivation: "In recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, his wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life"
Field: Philosophy/Essay writing