Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

2012 Edition
| Editors: Robert W. Rieber

Fite, Warner

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_91

Basic Biographical Information

Born: March 5, 1867; Died: June 23, 1955.

Fite was born in Philadelphia and educated at Haverford College (AB 1889). He studied in the Philadelphia Divinity School for a year and then began graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where, after 2 years at Berlin and Munich, he obtained the Ph.D. in 1894. He then taught at Williams, at Chicago between 1897 and 1903, at Texas from 1903 to 1906, at Indiana from 1906 to 1915, and then at Princeton for the remainder of his career, where he held the Stuart Professorship in Ethics (Flewelling 1999).

Major Accomplishments/Contributions

For most of his career he was solely a professor of philosophy with a specialty in ethics, but earlier, in Chicago, he taught in psychology and was a laboratory assistant to James Angell. There, too, he came into contact with American functionalist psychology and sociology in its nascent stages. His connections with psychology came mostly during the first 2...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGraceland UniversityLamoniUSA