Franz Brentano

Brentano, Franz (1838-1917)   Trained in the priesthood (he left the Church when the Vatican Council proclaimed infallibility of Pope), Franz Brentano emphasized empirical observation but not experimentation. His “act psychology” focused on what the mind does. In contrast to Wundt, Brentano was not interested in the mind’s content or component parts but in the active process of thinking. He held that the mind was responsible for idea-ing (having ideas), judging (affirming the presence or state of an object), and feeling (generating attitudes).


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