1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Höffding, Harald

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HÖFFDING, HARALD (1843- ), Danish philosopher, was born and educated in Copenhagen. He became a schoolmaster, and ultimately in 1883 professor in the university of Copenhagen. He was much influenced by Soren Kierkegaard in the early development of his thought, but later became a positivist, retaining, however, and combining with it the spirit and method of practical psychology and the critical school. His best-known work is perhaps his Den uyere Filosofis Historie (1894), translated into English from the German edition (1895) by B. E Meyer as History of Modern Philosophy (2 vols., 1900), a work intended by him to supplement and correct that of Hans Broch11er, to whom it is dedicated. His Psychology, the Problems of Philosophy (1905) and Philosophy of Religion (1906) also have appeared in English.

Among Hoffding's other writings, practically all of which have been translated into German, are Den engelske Fitosofi i vor Tid (1874); Etik (1876; ed. 1879); Psychotogi i Ornrids pot Grundlag of Erfaring (ed 1892); Psykologiske Undersogelser (1889); Charles Darwin (1889); Kontinuiteten i Kants yitosofiske Udviktingsgang (1893), Det psykologiske Grundlag for logiske Domme (1899); Rousseau und seine Philosophie (1901); Mindre Arbejder (1899).