Educated at the University of Jena, Falckenberg was interested in music as well as philosophy. He studied at Halle, Leipzig, Erlangen and Gottingen in addition to Jena, where he received his PhD in 1877. He worked as a lecturer in philosophy until 1889 when he was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of Erlangen, a position he held until his death. Today, he is best remembered fo his History of Philosophy: From Nicholas of Cusa to the Present Time (1886), which was translated into English in 1893. His other works include Principles of the Philosophy of Nicholas of Cusa (1880), Herman Lotze (1901) and Kant and the Century (1907).
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