Franz Samuel Karpe
|Died||4 September 1806 (aged 58)|
|Alma mater||University of Vienna|
|Institutions||University of Olomouc|
University of Vienna
Karpe was born in Kranj, Carniola (nowadays Slovenia), to a townsman's family. His parents died soon and subsequently Count Lichteberg's family assumed responsibility for his upbringing and education. Karpe entered a Jesuit college in Ljubljana, which he finished in 1768.
In 1769 Karpe moved to Vienna, where he studied law and philosophy. He graduated university in 1773. One year later Karpe assumed position of professor of logic, metaphysics and moral philosophy at the University of Olomouc. In 1777 he became the director of Faculty of Philosophy with pay of 600 gulden a year (for comparison, professor of law Josef Vratislav Monse was paid 900). At the same time he was also assessor at the university's Academic Court.
Karpe was ardent admirer of Leibniz and Wolff, but a critic of Kant and advocate of deism and empiricism following Locke. He was one of the few philosophers of the era, who were allowed to be published by the censors of the Vienna court's study commission.
In 1786 Karpe became professor of philosophy at University of Vienna, where he remained until his death in 1806. He taught his students in the spirit of Ruđer Bošković and strongly criticised Bošković's opponent Immanuel Kant.