Carl Stumpf


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(1848–1936). German psychologist, born in Wiesenfeld and educated in the University of Würzburg, where he was strongly influenced by Franz Brentano. After studying with R. H. Lotze (1817–81) at Göttingen, he turned towards psychology, in particular the psychology of tone and music, which, since he was a dedicated musician, remained a lifelong interest. Thereafter he held a number of important academic posts, culminating in the chair of psychology at Berlin, which he held until 1921, when he was succeeded by Wolfgang Köhler. Among Stumpf's many distinguished students was E. G. Husserl, the founder of modern phenomenology. Stumpf's best-known work is his Tonpsychologie (2 vols., 1883, 1890).


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