Johann Friedrich Herbart

[New Entry by Alan Kim on December 8, 2015.] Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776 - 1841) is known today mainly as a founding figure of modern psychology and educational theory. But these were only parts
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[New Entry by Alan Kim on December 8, 2015.] Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776 - 1841) is known today mainly as a founding figure of modern psychology and educational theory. But these were only parts of a much grander philosophical project, and it was as a philosopher of the first rank that his contemporaries saw him. Even in his own day, Herbart's direct influence on academic philosophy was limited, but this had as much to do with shifting disciplinary borders as with his polemics against the German Idealists. In psychology and pedagogy, however, his influence was greater and longer lasting. While no one took over his philosophy or psychology (and especially the...

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