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Wilhelm Dilthey

AKA Wilhelm Christian Ludwig Dilthey

Born: 19-Nov-1833
Birthplace: Biebrich, Hesse, Germany
Died: 1-Oct-1911
Location of death: Seis am Schlern, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Philosopher, Historian

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Methodology of the humanities

German historian and philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey studied under Leopold von Ranke, and described the distinction between hard science (physics, chemistry, math) and the more subjective, culturally-induced fields, filtered through history, society, and context. His work ranged across many fields, and his belief that human endeavor, history, and creativity can only be understood as part of a historical process is now an accepted tenet for much of the modern approach to the humanities.

Father: (theologian)
Wife: Katherine Puttmann (m. 1874, two daughters, one son)

    High School: Wiesbaden Gymnasium, Wiesbaden, Germany
    University: University of Heidelberg
    University: PhD Philosophy, University of Berlin (1864)
    Teacher: University of Berlin (1864-66)
    Professor: University of Basel (1866-68)
    Professor: University of Kiel (1868-71)
    Professor: University of Wroclaw (1871-82)
    Professor: University of Berlin (1882-1911)

    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Einleitung in die Geisteswissenschaften (Introduction to Human Sciences) (1883)

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