Wilhelm Jerusalem (October 11, 1854 in Drenitz/Drenic (Dřenice u Chrudimi), Bohemia – July 15, 1923 in Vienna) was an Austrian Jewish philosopher and pedagogue.
He studied classical philosophy at the University of Prague and did a doctorate on the theme "The Inscription of Sestos and Polybios". Until 1887 he was a teacher at grammar schools in Prague and Nikolsburg. In 1888 he became a member of the staff of teachers at the grammar school "k.k. Staatsgymnasium im VIII.Bezirk" in Vienna. In 1891 he was an outside lecturer at the University of Vienna. One of his interests was education, and he demanded a change of the educational system in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Another of his fields of interest was the education of minorities. He wrote a monograph about the education of the deafblind. In 1890 he published a psychological study about the deafblind Laura Bridgman. He is regarded as the discoverer of the literary talent of the deaf-blind writer Helen Keller and corresponded with her. They never met personally. From scientific work about the deafblind he developed the Austrian direction of the philosophical method of "Pragmatism". In 1907 he translated William James's "Pragmatism" into German. After World War I he became an associate professor of philosophy and educational theory at the University of Vienna . In 1919 he became one of the teachers of the "Schönbrunner Schule" (Schönbrunn School) which came about after the Vice Mayor of Vienna Max Winter had obtained a considerable part of the Viennese Schönbrunn Palace to be used for the advancement of the education of young women, and a small number men, to become educators and teachers.
In 1923, Jerusalem became a Professor of the University of Vienna. He died of a heart attack on 15 July 1923, in Vienna.
Among his students were the writer Stephan Hock, the politician Karl Renner, the composer Viktor Ullmann, the poet Anton Wildgans and Otto Felix Kanitz.
- In German language:
- "Laura Bridgman, Erziehung einer Taubblinden", Vienna 1890
- "Die Urtheilsfunction", Vienna-Leipzig 1895
- "Kants Bedeutung für die Gegenwart", Vienna-Leipzig 1904
- "Wege und Ziele der Ästhetik", Vienna 1906
- "Der Pragmatismus, Vorwort zur Übersetzung des Werkes von William James", Leipzig 1907
- "Die Aufgaben des Lehrers an Höheren Schulen", Vienna-Leipzig 1912
- "Der Krieg im Lichte der Gesellschaftslehre", Stuttgart 1915
- "Zu dem Menschen redet eben die Geschichte" in "Friedenspflichten des Einzelnen", Gotha 1917
- "Moralische Richtlinien nach dem Kriege", Vienna 1918
- "Einleitung in die Philosophie" siebte bis zehnte Auflage, Vienna 1919-1923
- "Meine Wege und Ziele" in "Die Philosophie der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen" Band III herausgegeben von Raymond Schmidt, Leipzig 1992
- "Einführung in die Soziologie", Vienna-Leipzig 1926