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MS Ger 202

Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917. Franz Clemens Brentano correspondence, 1867-1917: Guide.

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Last update on 2015 December 21

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 202
Creator: Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917.
Title: Franz Clemens Brentano correspondence,
Date(s): 1867-1917.
Quantity: 17 boxes (9 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German and Italian.
Abstract: Correspondence of the German philosopher, Franz Clemens Brentano.

Acquisition Information:

71M-125, 77M-78. Permanent deposit by Franz Brentano Foundation; received: 1966, 1971.

Access Restrictions:

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Use Restrictions:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Franz Clemens Brentano Correspondence, 1867-1917 (MS Ger 202). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Brentano (1838-1917) was a German philosopher and psychologist generally regarded as the founder of act psychology, or intentionalism. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1864 and appointed a professor at the University of Würzburg in 1872. In 1873 he resigned from both his post at the university and the priesthood. He then began writing one of his most influential works, Psychologie vom empirischen Standpunkte (1874; Psychology from an empirical standpoint ). In 1874 he was appointed professor at the University of Vienna and in 1880 he decided to marry. His marriage was blocked by the Austrian authorities who considered him still a cleric and he was forced to resign his professorship and moved with his wife to Leipzig. He returned to the University of Vienna in 1895 as a "Privatdozent."


Scope and Content

Chiefly correspondence and manuscripts of Brentano. Major correspondents include Christian von Ehrenfels, Oskar Kraus, Anton Marty, Alfred Kastil, Karl Stumpf, Franz Hillebrand, Edmund Husserl, and smaller amounts of correspondence with Heinrich Gomperz, Theodor Gomperz, and Herman Schell. There are a considerable number of letters from Giuseppe Amato Pojero, Emil Utitz, and Francesco Orestano. Other papers include drafts of psychology lectures and manuscripts of writings, Petzold,Das Welt Problem, and On Reininger. The papers mostly written in German; letters from Amato Pojero are in Italian.

Separated Material

See also at the Houghton Library: Franz Clemens Brentano Compositions (MS Ger 230).

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