“The Vocation of Man”, by Johann G. Fichte, which has just been published in Hebrew by the Hebrew University Press at Jerusalem, is the latest addition to the series of Philosophical Classics, many of which are appearing in Hebrew for the first time. The pocket edition of Fichte’s classic is designed for use as a text in the Philosophy courses of the Hebrew University, and is sold, as are the other numbers in the series, at a minimum price to the general public of Palestine and abroad. “The Vocation of Man” was translated into Hebrew by Abraham Yaari, of the University staff, and edited by Dr. Hugo Bergmann, librarian, and a member of the Department of Philosophy.
“The Philosophical Classics” are issued under the general editorship of Professor Leon Roth, head of the Department of Philosophy of the Hebrew University, and formerly of the University of Manchester, England. The series include Book I of Aristotle’s “Metaphysics” (translated for the first time directly from the original into Hebrew); Descartes’ “Discourse on Method” and “Meditations on First Philosophy”; Kant’s “Metaphysics of Ethics”; Leibniz’s “New System and Monadology” and Rousseau’s “Social Contract.” The books are sold in this country by the Bloch Publishing Co., New York City, official agents for the Hebrew books issued by the Hebrew University Press Association.
During the past year the circulating book department of the Hebrew University lent 29,758 volumes to residents of Palestine, not only including the Jewish population, but Moslems and Christian scholars, who make use of the Library facilities, according to the report submitted by Dr. Bergmann to the League of Nations for the mandatory power, in accordance with word received by Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, bibliophile and book collector of New York and Philadelphia, and president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. There are over 256,000 volumes in the Hebrew University Library. In addition to establishing a branch Medical Library in Tel-Aviv for use of physicians, the Library also commenced last year regularly to supply all medical books and bulletins to hospitals at Haifa and Afuleh, according to the report.