Philosophy from an Empirical Standpoint: Essays on Carl Stumpf


The purpose of this book is to highlight Carl Stumpf’s contributions to philosophy and to assess some of the aspects of his work. This book is divided into four sections, and also includes a general introduction on Stumpf’s philosophy. The first section examines the historical sources of his philosophy, the second examines some of the central themes of his work and the third examines his relationship to other philosophers. The fourth section consists of notes taken by Husserl during Stumpf’s lectures on metaphysics in Halle, Stumpf’s introduction to the edition of his correspondence with Brentano, which he prepared in 1929, and some important letters pertaining to this correspondence. This book also provides a comprehensive bibliography of the works of Stumpf.

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Biographical Note

Denis Fisette is professor in the department of Philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Two of his main research fields are the history of Austrian and German philosophy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and contemporary philosophy of mind. He has published extensively on the philosophy of Brentano and his successors, and namely on Carl Stumpf and Husserl’s phenomenology.

Riccardo Martinelli, Ph. D. (1995) is Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Trieste, Italy. He has published several essays on the School of Brentano and on Carl Stumpf, whose writings he also translated into italian.

Review Quotes

"Considering the many issues addressed in the papers of the book and the important unpublished materials yield now accessible, the project edited by Denis Fisette and Riccardo Martinelli is an essential instrument of research in this field. ... In the wake of the book Carl Stumpf – From Philosophical Reflection to Interdisciplinary Scientific Investigation (Krammer 2011), this book represents a further and decisive step in recognising the significance of Stumpf in the philosophical-psychological thought of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century."
Gemmo Iocco, in Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 69 (issue 4), 2016.

"Denis Fisette and Riccardo Martinelli have put together the most comprehensive, ambitious, and engaging collection of essays on the philosophy of Carl Stumpf (1848–1936) to date. The volume is impressive in both scope and depth. ... Philosophy from an Empirical Standpoint is a landmark publication. It will have a long-lasting impact on the history of early twentieth century European philosophy and its ramifications up to our present.”
Andrea Staiti, in The Philosophical Quarterly

"Bien plus qu’une hypothétique reconstruction synthétique de l’oeuvre de Stumpf, Philosophy from an Empirical Standpoint: Essays on Carl Stumpf offre au lecteur un approfondissement des thèmes centraux de sa philosophie qui permet de penser la place de cette figure emblématique dans la philosophie allemande du xxe siècle."
Maxime Julien, in Philosophiques, 42, (issue 2), 2015.

"The general picture that emerges from this successful volume is that Stumpf was indeed a philosopher, not “just” an experimental psychologist treating of “matter of facts” in acoustics. ... Thanks to Denis Fisette and Riccardo Martinelli’s precious book, Stumpf’s position in the “scientific classifications” ( Einteilung der Wissenschaften) will be considered anew."
Hamid Taieb, in Brentano Studien, Internationales Jahrbuch der Franz Brentano Forschung 14 (2016)

Table of contents



Denis Fisette

Riccardo Martinelli

The young Carl Stumpf. His spiritual, intellectual,
and professional development
Wilhelm Baumgartner

Practical Epistemology: Stumpf’s Halle Logic (1887)
Robin D. Rollinger

Carl Stumpf’s Debt to Hermann Lotze
Nikolay Milkov

Stumpf und die Monadologie der Herbartianer
Stefano Poggi

Riccardo Martinelli

Carl Stumpf’s Philosophy of Mathematics
Carlo Ierna

Carl Stumpf über Sachverhalte
Arkadiusz Chrudzimski

Stumpf on Categories
Riccardo Martinelli

The Autonomy of the Sensible and the De-subjectification of the a priori by Stumpf
Dominique Pradelle

Stumpf on Abstraction
Guillaume Fréchette

Ästhetik als praktische Philosophie: Zur impliziten Ästhetik von Carl Stumpf
Christian G. Allesch

Riccardo Martinelli

A Phenomenology without Phenomena? Carl Stumpf’s Critical Remarks on Husserl’s Phenomenology
Denis Fisette

Stumpf’s (Early) Insights and Marty’s Way to His (Later) Sprachphilosophie
Laurent Cesalli

On Stumpf and Schlick
Fiorenza Toccafondi

Love, Emotions and Passion in Musil’s Novellas “Unions” in the light of Stumpf’s Theory of Feelings
Silvia Bonacchi

Denis Fisette

Introduction to Stumpf’s Lecture on Metaphysics
Denis Fisette

Metaphysik. Vorlesung, Carl Stumpf
Edited by Robin Rollinger

Introduction to Carl Stumpf’s Correspondence with Franz Brentano
Denis Fisette

Stumpf’s “Einleitung zu Brentanos Briefen an mich,” followed by selected letters from Brentano and Stumpf
Carl Stumpf and Franz Brentano
Edited by Guillaume Fréchette

Bibliography of Carl Stumpf’s Publications / Bibliographie der Schriften von Carl Stumpf
Denis Fisette



All scholars interested in the development of philosophy and science in the late XIX and early XX Century, and especially in the School of Brentano and the phenomenological movement.

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