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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 230

Franz Clemens Brentano compositions


Compositions of German philosopher Franz Clemens Brentano.


  • 1870-1917

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: fragile; use surrogate. For access to original consult curatorial staff.

Conditions Governing Use

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20 linear feet (16 boxes)
Includes autograph and typescript compositions of Franz Bretano.

Biographical / Historical

Brentano (1838-1917) was a German philosopher and psychologist generally regarded as the founder of act psychology, or intentionalism. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1864 and appointed a professor at the University of Würzburg in 1872. In 1873 he resigned from both his post at the university and the priesthood. He then began writing one of his most influential works, Psychologie vom empirischen Standpunkte (1874; Psychology from an empirical standpoint ). In 1874 he was appointed professor at the University of Vienna and in 1880 he decided to marry. His marriage was blocked by the Austrian authorities who considered him still a cleric and he was forced to resign his professorship and moved with his wife to Leipzig. He returned to the University of Vienna in 1895 as a "Privatdozent."

Brentano was influential in the development of Gestalt and existential psychology. Other major works were: Untersuchungen zur Sinnespsychologie (1907; Inquiry into sense psychology ) and Von der Klassifikation der psychischen Phänomene (1911; On the classification of psychological phenomena ).


Arranged into the following series:
  1. Aesth: Aesthetik (Esthetics)
  2. A: Aristoteles (Aristotle)
  3. EL: Erkenntnistheorie und Logik (Epistemology and Logic)
  4. Eth: Ethik (Ethics)
  5. H: Geschichte der Philosophie (History of Philosophy)
  6. L S: Leib und Seele
  7. M: Metaphysik (Metaphysics)
  8. Meg: Megethologie (Megethology)
  9. N: Naturwissenschaften (Natural Sciences)
  10. Ps: Psychologie (Psychology)
  11. R: Religionsphilosophie (Philosopy of Religion)
  12. S Ps: Sinnespsychologie (Psychology of Senses)
  13. Sp: Sprachphilosophie (Philosophy of Language)
  14. T: Zeit (Time)
  15. Th: Theologie (Theology)
  16. T S: Zeit und Raum (Time and Space)
  17. V: Varia
  18. Fr Schr: Frühen Schriften (Early Writings)
  19. Old folders

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-206. Permanent deposit by Franz Brentano Foundation,1966 October 24.

The manuscripts were formerly owned by John C.M. Brentano (son of Franz Brentano), 29 Lakeview Terrace, Highland Park, Illinois.

These papers were originally deposited with the Brentano Archive, Prague, Czechoslovakia, from where, in 1938, they were transferred to Manchester, England. Subsequently they were deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. In spring of 1951, they were sent to Highland Park, Ill. U.S.A., where J.C.M. Brentano lived. J.C.M. Brentano (d.1969) transferred the papers to the Franz Brentano Foundation in 1966. The papers were then deposited in the Houghton Library.

There is a detailed account of the history of the papers in: Brentano, J.C.M. "The manuscripts of Franz Brentano," in Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 1966, Fascicule 4, Nr. 78. " [copy in Manuscript Department curatorial file.]

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm and a set of copyflo made from the negative microfilm (6 vols.) of these papers are available as: Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917. [Manuscripts and typescripts on philosophy and psychology]. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, 1959. These materials are available at John Hay Library of Brown University, shelf mark 1-size/B3212/A3/1959.

Separated Materials

See also: Franz Clemens Brentano Correspondence (MS Ger 202) and Additional Brentano papers (*71M-125) [unprocessed as of 2003 Dec.].

This list includes the following markings:
  1. * = Handschrift Brentanos (in hand of Brentano)
  2. b = Bogen (folder)
  3. b1 = Blatt (leaf)
  4. s = Seite (page)
  5. str = Streifen (columns or margin border)
  6. X= Manuscript with a copy of it elsewhere

Processing Information

This index was produced by: Professor Franziska Mayer-Hillebrand , Innsbruck, in the winter of 1951-1952. It is available as: Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917. Index of the manuscripts of Franz Brentano. Catalogued by Professor Franziska Mayer-Hillebrand. Innsbruck, 1951 [Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, 1959].

Users of this finding aid should be aware that it is not accurate in every detail, and should be used only for general guidance. A new version of this finding aid is in preparation under the auspices of the Brentano Foundation.

An introduction (written in German by Mayer-Hillebrand) to the processing of the papers can be found in the internal file.
Link to catalog
Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917. Franz Clemens Brentano compositions, 1870-1917: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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