Biography and History

Walter Kaufmann, noted American philosopher and a leading authority on Nietzsche and Existentialism, was born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1921. He received his B.A. from Williams College (1941) and his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1947). From 1944 to 1946, Kaufmann served in the United States Army Air Forces and Military Intelligence Service. Beginning in 1947, he taught philosophy at Princeton University until his death in 1980. In addition to publishing several works on philosophy and religion, Kaufmann translated several of Nietzsche's works, as well as Goethe's Faust.

Source: From the finding aid for C0469