Franz Xaver von Baader
German philosopher and theologianDied when: 76 years 57 days (913 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Franz von Baader (27 March 1765 – 23 May 1841), born Benedikt Franz Xaver Baader, was a German Catholic philosopher, theologian, physician, and mining engineer.
Resisting the empiricism of his day, he denounced most Western philosophy since Descartes as trending into atheism and has been considered a revival of the Scholastic school.
He was one of the most influential theologians of his age but his influence on subsequent philosophy has been less marked.
Today he is thought to have re-introduced theological engagement with Meister Eckhart into academia and even Christianity and Theosophy more generally.