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Robert Vischer

Robert Vischer German philosopher

German philosopher
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Intro German philosopher
Was Historian Art historian Philosopher Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Arts Philosophy Social science
Gender male
Birth 22 February 1847, Tübingen, Germany
Death 24 March 1933, Vienna, Austria (aged 86 years)
Star sign PiscesPisces
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Robert Vischer (22 February 1847, Tübingen – 25 March 1933, Vienna) was a German philosopher who invented the term Einfühlung (esthetic sympathy, later translated in English as empathy), which was to be promoted by Theodor Lipps, Freud's admired philosopher.

Vischer’s use of Einfühlung

Vischer postulated the as yet undescribed distinction between verstehen and Einfühlung (“in-feeling” or “feeling-into”) in his 1873 doctoral thesis On the Optical Sense of Form: A Contribution to Aesthetics. It was the first mention of the word Einfühlung in this form in print. His more-famous father, Friedrich Theodor Vischer, had used the term Einfühlen in explorations of Idealism relative to architectural form, and related concepts were certainly already in the air. Indeed, the phrase "sich einfühlen" was used by Herder in the 18th century. Nonetheless, Robert Vischer's exploration was the first significant discussion of the concept of Einfühlung under that precise name.

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https://books.google.com/books?id=6JqGQgAACAAJ
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/empathy/#HisInt
https://d-nb.info/gnd/117436658
http://isni.org/isni/0000000109165213
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n93054262
http://uli.nli.org.il/F/?func=direct&doc_number=000509651&local_base=nlx10
http://data.bibliotheken.nl/id/thes/p070567093
https://www.idref.fr/056984804
https://viaf.org/viaf/74630022
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/74630022
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