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Reiner Schürmann New School course audio recordings collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: NA-0006-02


This collection consists solely of audio recordings of Reiner Schürmann (1941-1993) lecturing on Kant, Nietzsche, and philosophical anthropology. Schürmann was a professor in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and The New School Archives staff assumes that the lectures were made during Philosophy Department courses he taught in the late 1980s.


  • 1987-1989



1.3 Cubic Feet (66 1/4 inch audio cassettes)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists exclusively of audiocassettes documenting lectures by philosophy professor Reiner Schürmann in the late 1980s. In the absence of accompanying textual documentation, The New School Archives staff relied exclusively on the hand-written labels of the cassette cases to surmise that these lectures pertain to three courses Schürmann taught between 1987 and 1989, verified by cross-referencing course titles in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research course catalogs for those years.

It is unknown who commissioned the recordings and for what purpose.

Language of Materials

The majority of the recordings are in English, although, due to the subject matter of lectures (Kant, Nietzsche) German words may be used.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Researchers must use digitized audio files. Original audiocassettes are restricted. Please contact for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish recordings from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives. Please contact: Copyright rests with the estate of Reiner Schürmann.

Biographical Note

Born to German parents in Amsterdam, Reiner Schürmann (1941-1993) served on the Philosophy Department faculty at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research for nearly twenty years. Schürmann came to the United States in 1971 as a Dominican priest, having earned a degree in religious studies from Le Centre d'études du Saulchoir in France in 1969. He earned additional degrees in philosophy from La Sorbonne, including a doctorate in philosophy in 1981. Schürmann authored three major philosophical works: Maître Eckhart et la joie errante (1972); Le Principe d'anarchie, Heidegger et la question de l'agir (1982), and Des Hégémonies brisées, published posthumously in 1996. Les Origines, Schürmann's only work of literary fiction (awarded the Prix Broquette-Gonin by the Académie Française in 1977), has autobiographical elements, exploring paths to redemption from the guilt of being born German during World War II. Schürmann left the priesthood in 1976, around the time he came to the New School. Before the New School, he held teaching posts at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. Former students remember Schürmann as a committed, demanding, and inspirational teacher, part of a European philosophical tradition that extended from Alfred Schutz to Hans Jonas and Hannah Arendt. Reiner Schürmann died of AIDS-related complications on August 20, 1993 in New York City.


Christopher P. Long, "Remembering Reiner Schürmann," online edition of Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, November 3, 2015.

“Reiner Schürmann,” Wikipedia, last modified November 20, 2016,ürmann.


Arranged alphabetically by course title.

Custodial History

This collection of sound recordings was probably donated by Royce Froehlich to the Raymond Fogelman Library of the New School for Social Research in 1999, prior to the establishment of The New School Archives in 2012. No accession file exists in The New School Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Raymond Fogelman Library to the New School Archives and Special Collections upon the establishment of the Archives, 2012

Related Materials

The New School Archives holds the papers of Reiner Schürmann (NA.0006.01), which contain lecture notes and materials related to other courses Schürmann taught at The New School.

Processing Information

The New School Archives staff reformatted the analog audiotape to digital audio files for patron access but did not conduct any post-transfer editing to the often muffled, noisy audio. There are no transcripts. No attempts have been made to verify that the audio content matches the cassette tape box inscriptions, but The New School Archives welcomes any additional information that knowledgeable users can provide.

The number of audio cassettes described in this collection includes 2 sets of duplicate recordings: for the Philosophical Anthropology lectures, there are duplicates of lectures 1-10 and 12; for the Nietsche lectures, there are duplicates of lectures 1-10 and 13-14.

Guide to the Reiner Schürmann New School course audio recordings collection
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
February 26, 2021
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