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Paul Carus

Born: 1852 in Ilsenburg, Germany
Died: 1919 in LaSalle, Illinois

Connection to Illinois: Carus was invited by Edward C. Hegeler to help educate his children La Salle, Illinois in 1887. In 1888, he married to Hegeler's daughter Mary and they settled in La Salle.

Biography: Paul Carus was a pioneer in the promotion of interfaith dialogue. He was a renowned writer on philosophy and comparative religion and a major influence in introducing Westerners to Buddhism and other Eastern concepts. Born at Ilsenburg in Germany on July 18, 1852, he received an excellent education - studied at the University of Greifswald and completed a degree at the University of Strasbourg, and then obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Tubingen. In 1884, he immigrated to the United States on the SS Grecian Monarch, settling in Chicago and then LaSalle, Illinois. In 1887 he was invited by Edward C. Hegeler, to help educate his children in the classics at the family home in La Salle, Illinois. Hegeler had come to the United States in 1857 and established a huge zinc mining business in central Illinois, along with other businesses and the Open Court Publishing Company in Chicago. Dr. Carus began contributing articles to a journal that Hegeler founded in 1887, and he became the first managing editor. In 1888, Carus married to Hegeler's daughter Mary. On May 23, 1889, Carus became a naturalized American citizen at a court in New York. Dr. Carus and his wife Mary had six children named Edward, Gustave, Paula, Elizabeth, Herman, and Alwin. They lived in La Salle, Illinois, at 1307 Seventh Street, with his father-in-law Edward C. Hegeler. The house, now known as the Hegeler Carus Mansion was built for Edward C. Hegeler in 1876. The Carus family also lived for a time at the Julius W. Hegeler I Home, another historic mansion in La Salle. That house was designed by Chicago architects Pond and Pond, who also designed the L. W. Rogers Building, headquarters of the Theosophical Society in America. Because Paul Carus brought Buddhist visitors to stay at his home, La Salle became known as “Buddhism’s Gateway to the West.”


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

  Amitabha a Story of Buddhist Theology
ISBN: 0469791594 OCLC:

Wentworth Press 2019

  Buddha, the Gospel
ISBN: 1374873942 OCLC:

Pinnacle Press 2017

  Buddha, the Word
ISBN: 1298636795 OCLC:

Andesite Press 2015

  Chinese Occultism

Independently Published 2022

  Chinese Thought: An Exposition of the Main Characteristic Features of the Chinese World-Conception
ISBN: 1358679177 OCLC:

Palala Press 2016

  Karma, a Story of Buddhist Ethics
ISBN: 1296904377 OCLC:

Sagwan Press 2015

  Lao-Tze's Tao-Teh-King
ISBN: 0469386207 OCLC:

Wentworth Press 2019

  Philosophy As a Science: A Synopsis of the Writings of Paul Carus, Containing an Introduction Written by Himself, Summaries of His Books, and a List of Articles to Date
ISBN: 129788342X OCLC:

Sagwan Press 2015

  T'ai Shang Kan-Ying P'ien
ISBN: 1375009990 OCLC:

Pinnacle Press 2017

  The Four Noble Truths And The Eightfold Path
ISBN: 3849694410 OCLC:

Jazzybee Verlag 2015

  The Gospel Of Buddha
ISBN: 0526376635 OCLC:

Wentworth Press 2019

  The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil; From the Earliest Times to the Present Day
ISBN: 1342096460 OCLC:

Palala Press 2015

  The History of the Devil: With 350 Illustrations
ISBN: 0486466035 OCLC: Mineola, N.Y. :

Dover Publications Mineola, N.Y. : 2008

Paul Carus (1852-1919) was a highly regarded writer on philosophy and comparative religion and a major influence in introducing Buddhist and other Eastern ideas to the West. The History of the Devil is his magnum opus on the evolution of the idea of evil from ancient to modern times. Carus follows the devil around the world through his manifestations in many cultures and historic periods. At once scholarly and intriguing, the text is enhanced by 350 rare and fascinating illustrations.

  The Religion of Science
ISBN: 1355878500 OCLC:

Palala Press 2016