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Grossmann, Reinhardt S.


Erwin Tegtmeier


Pages 249 - 251



In the phenomenological tradition the problem of wholes looms large. Grossmann (1931-2010), a disciple of Gustav Bergmann and later professor at Indiana University Bloomington continues that tradition. He is also influenced by G.E. Moore and Russell. His final ontology is particularly close to that of the phenomenologist Meinong. Gestalt psychology, Grossmann explains, originates from phenomenological ontology. C.v. Ehrenfels, the founder of Gestalt psychology, was a student of Meinong.




1Department of Philosophy, University of Mannheim



1 Grossmann, R., (1973), Ontological Reduction. Part Three, Bloomington: Indiana University Press

2 Grossmann, R., (1974), Meinong, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

3 Grossmann, R., (1977), “Structures versus Sets: The Philosophical Background of Gestalt Psychology”, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofia 9: 3-12.

4 Grossmann, R., (1983), The Categorial Structure of the World, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Chap. 5

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