|  Share | Cite

Wilhelm Dilthey

Dilthey, Wilhelm (vĭlˈhĕlm dĭlˈtĪ) [key], 1833–1911, German philosopher. He taught at the universities of Basel, Kiel, Breslau, and Berlin. He was one of the first to claim the independence of the human sciences as distinct from the natural sciences. Dilthey laid down a foundation of descriptive and analytic psychology on which to base a study of philosophy. One of his principal works is Einleitung in die Geisteswissenschaften [introduction to the human studies] (1883).

See his monograph, The Essence of Philosophy (tr. 1954); study by R. A. Makkreel (1975).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Wilhelm Dilthey from Infoplease:

  • hermeneutics - hermeneutics hermeneutics, the theory and practice of interpretation. During the Reformation ...
  • Leo Baeck - Baeck, Leo Baeck, Leo , 1873–1956, German rabbi and scholar. He studied at the conservative ...
  • Immanuel Kant: The Impact of Kantian Philosophy - The Impact of Kantian Philosophy The impact of Kant's work has been incalculable. In addition ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Philosophy: Biographies