Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
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Schlick, Moritz

  • David C. Devonis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_110

Basic Biographical Information

Born: April 14, 1882 Died: June 22, 1936.

Born in Berlin, Friedrich Albert Moritz Schlick pursued his University education at Berlin, Heidelberg, and Lausanne and then completed the doctorate with Max Planck at Berlin in 1904 with a thesis on the reflection of light in inhomogenous media. This purely physical start set the fundamental tone for his career, which was devoted to bringing physical science and philosophy together in diverse ways. Between 1904 and 1907 he traveled extensively, including to America, where he met and married Blanche Hardy, who was instrumental in preserving his literary legacy. Between 1908 and 1911, when he began his professorial career at Rostock, he published on conceptual issues of happiness, ethics, and truth, all of which proved enduring developing interests during his subsequent career.

Major Accomplishments/Contributions

Similar to Ernst Mach, he advanced a view of psychology as an irreducible source of knowledge, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGraceland UniversityLamoniUSA