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Vittorio Benussi in the History of Psychology

New Ideas of a Century Ago


  • First English publication covering the life and works of Vittorio Benussi

  • Includes coverage of the phenomenological psychology of the Brentano School

  • Witten by the leading scholar on Benussi


Part of the Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind book series (SHPM, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mauro Antonelli
    Pages 1-2
  3. Mauro Antonelli
    Pages 145-260
  4. Mauro Antonelli
    Pages 261-317
  5. Mauro Antonelli
    Pages 319-331
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-377

About this book


This book covers the basic guidelines of Vittorio Benussi’s research during the period at Graz and at Padua. It does so in the light of a thorough study of his Nachlass. The book re-evaluates Benussi’s work as a historical piece, and shows how his work is still relevant today, especially in the areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive science. The volume deals with this original and ingenious - though largely ignored - scholar and discusses his work as a leading experimental psychologist. Benussi’s contributions as discussed in this book were particularly relevant in the fields of visual and tactile perception, time perception, forensic psychology, hypnosis and suggestion, unconscious, and emotions. His classical papers are impressive in their originality, energy, range of approaches, experimental skill, the wealth of findings, and the quality of theoretical discussions. This book demonstrates that Benussi was ahead of his time and that his themes, experiments and research programmes are highly relevant to contemporary cognitive psychology.


Alexius Meinong Benussi and Husserl Benussi and the Graz School Franz Brentano Koffka-Benussi controversy inadequate perception of form

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di PsicologiaUniversità di Milano - BicoccaMilanoItaly

About the authors

Mauro Antonelli is professor of History and Epistemology of Psychology at the University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy, and Privatdozent of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and at the Alexius Meinong Institute of the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria. His main research interests include the history of German and Austrian philosophy and psychology in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Brentano and the Brentano School, phenomenological psychology, the philosophy and psychology of time.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Vittorio Benussi in the History of Psychology
  • Book Subtitle New Ideas of a Century Ago
  • Authors Mauro Antonelli
  • Series Title Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies History Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96682-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96684-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 377
  • Number of Illustrations 109 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
    History of Psychology
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