Carl Stumpf

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Stumpf, Carl


Born Apr. 21,1848, in Wiesentheid; died Dec. 25, 1936, in Berlin. German psychologist, idealist philosopher, and musicologist. Student of F. Brentano and R. H. Lotze.

Stumpf was a professor in Würzburg (1873), Prague (1879), Halle (1884), Munich (1889), and Berlin (1894–1921). He served as joint president with T. Lipps of the Third International Congress of Psychology (Munich, 1896). Stumpf was a pioneer in the empirical psychological study of musical perception (Tone Psychology, vols. 1–2, 1883–90) and was the author of The Psychological Origin of Space Perception (1873). He anticipated the main ideas of Gestalt psychology (W. Köhler was one of Stumpf s students). As a philosopher, Stumpf was a theorist of phenomenology. His ideas were the connecting link between Brentano and E. Husserl, who was Stumpf’s student in Halle. Stumpf founded the institute of psychology at Berlin University.


[Autobiography.] In Die deutsche Philosophic der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellung, vol. 5. Leipzig, 1924. Pages 205–65.
Erkenntnislehre, vols. 1–2. Leipzig, 1939–40.
In Russian translation:
Iavleniia i psikhicheskie funktsii. In the collection Novye idei v filosofii, collection 4. St. Petersburg, 1913.
Dusha i telo. Ibid., collection 8.
Proiskhozhdenie muzyki. Leningrad, 1927.


Kuntsman, A. I. “Psikhologiia myshleniia F. Brentano, G. Ufuesa, E. Gusserlia i K. Shtumpfa.” In the collection Novye idei v filosofii, collection 16. St. Petersburg, 1914.


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Se trata, pues, de un trabajo que deberia ser complementado con la referencia a otras personalidades como Wilhem Wund o Sigmund Freud y, mas recientemente, a las de Theodor Lipps, Kurt Lewin, Carl Jung, Carl Stumpf, Wilhem Ostwald o Kurt Koffka.
Philosophy From an Empirical Standpoint: Essays on Carl Stumpf
Those appearing in the against camp include Carl Stumpf, Edmund Husserl, Vladimir Lenin, Max Planck, Albert Einstein (who changed his mind on Mach's thoughts on methodology), Karl Popper, Michael Polanyi, and Mario Bunge.
Handschin wished to bridge what he saw as a fatal division between acoustics and harmonic theory on the one hand, represented by Hermann von Helmholtz and Hugo Riemann (the dominant presence in music theory when Handschin was working) in their different ways, and experimental music psychology on the other, represented by Carl Stumpf.