A Life Devoted to Philosophy - Germany honors Professor Frederick Charles Beiser
Enlarge image Professor Frederick Charles Beiser and Consul General Brita Wagener (© GKNY) On November 9, Consul General Brita Wagener presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Professor Frederick Charles Beiser, honoring his lifelong teaching of German philosophy to American students. Professor Beiser has been critical in introducing important works of German philosophers from Kant to Fichte to an English speaking audience and has sparked an interest for Germany through his words and actions.
Professor Beiser’s award ceremony occurred in an intimate setting at the Consul General’s residence, followed by a luncheon with Professor Beiser and his friends and colleagues, including the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, Karin Ruhlandt. In her address, Consul General Brita Wagener expressed the appreciation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as her personal thanks to Professor Beiser. Through his work, he not only spread the word of famous philosopher Kant who is mostly known for his words "May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law" -but also lived his own life by example. Along with teaching German idealism, he has also been engaged in various committees promoting student exchange between Germany and the United States of America. Due to Professor Beiser’s commitment to German thinking and his interest in Germany, many American students found their way to Germany and became intrigued with German culture as well.