• Wissenschaft

    ist etwas noch nicht ganz

    Gefundenes

    und nie ganz

    Aufzufindendes

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Es ist unglaublich, wieviel

    Kraft die

    Seele dem Körper

    leihen vermag.

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Man muss die

    Zukunft

    abwarten und die

    Gegenwart

    genießen oder ertragen.

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Wer in dem

    Augenblick

    suchen muss,

    wo er braucht,

    findet schwer.

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Das Erste und

    Wichtigste

    im Leben ist,

    dass man sich selbst zu

    beherrschen sucht.

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Bilde dich selbst,

    und dann

    wirke auf andere

    durch das, was du bist!

    Quotes from Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835)

Today Wilhelm von Humboldt is best known as the founder of the German university model, a model based on the imperative of research. „The defining characteristic of higher scholarly institutions [is] that they treat science as a not yet completely solved problem and therefore always pursue research.“

Already in 1795 Humboldt postulated that „physical nature constitutes a great whole with moral nature and the phenomena of both obey the same laws.“ Intellectual productivity and moral actions cannot be separated from „sensual nature“ and human sexuality. This understanding, according to which „thought, this finest and last offshoot of sensuality,“ has its „origin“ in sexuality, is also manifest in Humboldt’s later reflections on the „sense of language“ („Sprachsinn“).

Monument of Wilhelm von Humboldt in front of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin
Monument of Wilhelm von Humboldt in front of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin

In the context of sexual science, Humboldt’s premise that the intellectual activity of human beings cannot be separated from their „sensual nature“ was first taken up by Havelock Ellis in his „Studies in the Psychology of Sex,“ and later furthered by Sigmund Freud in his „Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie.“ Iwan Bloch, the programmatic founder and name-giver of sexual science, referred directly to Humboldt.

In today’s sexual medicine, the clinical area of application of sexual science, Humboldt’s approach can play a central role. Sexual medical diagnostics and treatment are based on a bio-pyscho-social approach to sexual disorders and on a „dialogue model“ which Humboldt anticipated in his study of language. This model can be applied to sexual communication and is the focus of sexual-therapeutic interventions which proceed from the complementary bond of the partners as a means of improving their sexual and general satisfaction.

A foundation obligated to a scientific legacy initiated by Humboldt with his paradigmatic understanding of human nature as based in sexuality is duty bound to unlimited openness vis-à-vis all related spiritual, physical and social processes.

Wilhelm von Humboldt, Portrait statue of Bertel Thorvaldsen, 1808
Wilhelm von Humboldt, Portrait statue of Bertel Thorvaldsen, 1808