Gomperz, Heinrich, 1873-1942

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Philosopher and classics scholar Heinrich Gomperz, born in Vienna in 1873, was the son of philosopher Theodor Gomperz. He was on the periphery of the Schlick Circle in Vienna, a discussion group organized in 1924 by the physics professor Moritz Schlick. This group was pluralistic and committed to the ideals of the Enlightenment, seeking to make philosophy scientific with the help of modern logic on the basis of scientific and everyday experience. Gomperz came to Southern California in 1936 as a visiting professor at the University of Southern California when his position at the University of Vienna was eliminated. Being Jewish, he decided to permanently emigrate to the U.S. in 1938, dying there in 1942.

From the description of Theodor and Heinrich Gomperz collection, 1851-1934 (bulk 1870-1920). (Claremont Colleges Library). WorldCat record id: 170934181

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Philosopher and classics scholar Heinrich Gomperz, born in Vienna in 1873, was the son of philosopher Theodor Gomperz. While living in Vienna, Heinrich Gomperz was on the periphery of the Schlick Circle, a discussion group organized in 1924 by the physics professor Moritz Schlick. This discussion circle was pluralistic and committed to the ideals of the Enlightenment; The Circle sought to make philosophy scientific with the help of modern logic on the basis of scientific and everyday experience.

Heinrich Gomperz came to Southern California in 1936 as Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California when his position at the University of Vienna was eliminated. In 1938, Gomperz, who was Jewish, made the decision to permanently emigrate to the United States. He died in 1942. His widow, Ada, gave this collection of correspondence to long-time friends, Claremont Colleges professor Philip Merlan and his wife Franciszka.

From the guide to the Theodore and Heinrich Gomperz collection, 1851-1934, 1870-1920, (Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.)

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creatorOf Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916. Papers. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Gomperz, Theodor, 1832-1912. Letters, ca.1936. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Stekel, Wilhelm, 1868-1940. Wilhelm Stekel papers, 1910-1969. Library of Congress
creatorOf Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916. Papers [microform]. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Franz Clemens Brentano correspondence, 1867-1917. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Gomperz, Heinrich, 1873-1942. Theodor and Heinrich Gomperz collection, 1851-1934 (bulk 1870-1920). The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
referencedIn Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars records, 1927-1949, 1933-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Wertheimstein, Josephine von. Letters, 1933. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Theodore and Heinrich Gomperz collection, 1851-1934, 1870-1920 Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
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correspondedWith Brentano, Franz Clemens, 1838-1917 person
correspondedWith Diels, Hermann, 1848-1922 person
associatedWith Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars corporateBody
correspondedWith Gomperz, Theodor, 1832-1912 person
associatedWith Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873 person
associatedWith Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916. person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
correspondedWith Stekel, Wilhelm, 1868-1940. person
associatedWith Wertheimstein, Josephine von. person
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Austria
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Gomperz, Theodor, 1832-1912--Correspondence
Gomperz, Heinrich, 1873-1942--Correspondence
Classicists--Austria--Correspondence
Philosophy, Ancient
Classicists--Correspondence
Diels, Hermann, 1848-1922--Correspondence
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Birth 1873-11-18

Death 1942-12-27

Austrians

English,

German,

French

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