Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

pp 396-398

Erdmann, Benno

  • David C. DevonisAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Graceland University Email author 

Basic Biographical Information

Born: May 30, 1851 Died: January 7, 1921.

Erdmann was born in Guhren bei Glogau, Silesia, and seemed destined, due to his father’s early death, to a nonacademic career. However, good fortune intervened and he was able, after graduating from the Realschule in 1868, to enter Gymnasium and ultimately to matriculate at the University of Berlin in 1870. There in 1873 he defended his doctoral thesis on the Ding an sich in Kant’s Analytik and Ästhetik and also habilitated in 1876 with a thesis on non-Euclidean geometry and its relation to the theory of knowledge. His first academic position was at Berlin as Privatdozent, and he then obtained professorships at Kiel (1879), Breslau (1884), and Halle, where he served between 1890 and 1898. After that he spent the next 11 years at Bonn and then returned to the University of Berlin in 1909 where he finished his career.

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