Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Franz Brentano

Who was Franz Brentano?

Franz Brentano (1837–1917) taught in Würzburg and at the University of Vienna, influencing Austrian philosopher Alexius Meinong (1853–1920); Edmund Husserl (1859–1938), the founder of phenomenology, and Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), the father of psychoanalysis. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1864, but renounced his vows after engaging in a dispute about papal infallibility. He resigned his professorship at the University of Vienna, so that he could marry, and was not able to regain that position. Later years left him blind, but he continued to write in virtually every subfield of philosophy until he died. Brentano’s principal writings are Psychology from an Empirical Point of View (1874) and Our Knowledge of the Origin of Right and Wrong (1889).


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