Owl of Minerva Press is a publishing house for works of literature and science in German and English.
The Name Owl of Minerva has its origin in a quote from the preface of Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right from 1820:
When philosophy paints its grey in grey, one form of life has become old, and by means of grey it cannot be rejuvenated, but only known. The owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering.
Originally used by Hegel in a conservative way – philosophy could explain history only in hindsight, but not change history –, the publishing house’s name Owl of Minerva is meant as the expression of a desire for truth which also implies change of reality. Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and corresponds to the Greek goddess Athena.
Owl of Minerva Press has a universal claim and publishes both famous writers like Edgar Hilsenrath as well as acknowledged scientists such as Professor Andreas Arndt (philosophy) and Professor Thomas T. Sekine (economics).