Walter Bernard
In Constantin Brunnerís philosophy we have a work of major import for the history of thought and for the cultural development of mankind. It is a work that treats of the most important interests of man, individual as well as social, theoretical as well as practical, which are here analysed and re-thought in such breadth and depth as is characteristic only of a few major philosophical creations.
Present-day philosophy has been, by and large, a disappointment to contemporary man in his quest for truth and in his search for a deeper meaning in life. For this reason the influence of pragmatism, positivism, logical analysis and existentialism is perceptibly on the wane. None of these philosophies seems to have stirred the deeper reaches of a manís heart and mind. None of them has succeeded in creating a systematic, self-consistent view of reality nor in developing a positive, meaningful philosophy of life by which a man in spite of all of lifeís vicissitudes, anxieties, doubts and dangers could live at peace with universal reality and with himself. To approach this ideal in our age a philosophy would have to meet at least three basic requirements. It ought to give an account of the meaning and the uses of science, it ought to apply the scientific insights thus gained to the analysis of the psychological nature of man and his relation to society, and it ought to set its sight also at the larger, the cosmic view of things, in order to search for a positive anchorage in this age of relative, shifting and uncertain values.
The philosophy of Constantin Brunner seems to have met these requirements in a surprisingly full measure. (Science, spirit, superstition: p. 9)