Bouterwek, Frederic (1766-1828), German philosopher and poet. The disciple first of Kant, then of Jacobi, he was more distinguished for his skill in setting forth their doctrines than for any originality of his own. He did much for criticism and for literary history, and his History of Poetry and Eloquence among Modern Races is of some reputation. His poetry is of little merit. He was councillor of the duchy of Weimar, and professor of philosophy at Gottingen.