Hemsterhuis, Frans

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Hemsterhuis, Frans Gender: M
François Hemsterhuis
born on 27 December 1721 at 10:30 (= 10:30 AM )
Place Franeker, Netherlands, 53n11, 5e32
Timezone LMT m5e32 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 05°42' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 26°44 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 20°17'

Frans Hemsterhuis


Dutch writer on aesthetics and moral philosophy.

The son of Tiberius Hemsterhuis, he was educated at the University of Leiden, where he studied Plato. Failing to obtain a professorship, he entered the service of the state, and for many years acted as secretary to the state council of the United Provinces.

Through his philosophical writings he became acquainted with many distinguished persons--Goethe, Herder, Princess Adelheid Amalie Gallitzin, and especially Jacobi, with whom he had much in common. His most valuable contributions are in the department of aesthetics or the general analysis of feeling. His philosophy has been characterized as Socratic in content and Platonic in form. Its foundation was the desire for self-knowledge and truth, untrammelled by the rigid bonds of any particular system.

His most important works were all written in French. He died at the Hague on 7 July 1790.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Waarneming en werkelijkheid" by François Hemsterhuis and Michael John Petry (Ambo, 1990), p. 13: "Ik werd geboren op 27 december 1721 , tussen 10 en 11 uur 's morgens..."

Translation: 'I was born on 27 December 1721 between 10 and 11 o'clock in the morning...'


  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Aesthetics and moral philosophy)