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Enrico Pasini

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[HM] Kerry, B
Posted: Apr 2, 2006 10:34 AM
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Il giorno 02/apr/06, alle ore 08:05, HISTORIA MATEMATICA ha scritto:

> Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 15:17:16 +0100 (CET)
> From: Gunnar Berg <>
> Subject: [HM] A certain Kerry

Might be Benno Kerry. He studied, I think, in Strasbourg, where he
wrote his dissertation: Researches on the problem of causation based
on a critic of Mill's theory (Untersuchungen über das Causalproblem
auf dem Boden einer Kritik der einschlägigen Lehren J. St. Mills,
1881), and with Brentano in Wien. He devoted his Habilitationsschrift
of 1884 to the Fundamentals of a theory of mathematical and not-
mathematical concepts of limit as a contribution to the theory of
knowledge (Grundzüge einer Theorie der mathematischen und nicht-
mathematischen Grenzbegriffe. Ein Beitrag zur Erkenntnistheorie),
which was at the time, I'd say, quite a neo-kantian theme (Cohen's
book on Infinitesimalmethode dates 1883); but K.'s works mostly show
influences from Brentano and Alois Höfler, and he was one of those
students of Brentano's who also worked much on Bolzano.

His most famous work is a series of eight articles on Intuition and
its physical reworking (Über Anschauung und ihre psychische
Verarbeitung) in the Vierteljahrsschrift fuer wissenschaftliche
Philosophie, 1885 to 1891, in response to which Frege wrote his
Concept and Object (Ueber Begriff und Gegenstand, same periodical,

Posthumous appeared a System of a theory of the concepts of limit
(System einer Theorie der Grenzbegriffe. Ein Beitrag zur
Erkenntnistheorie, ed. by Gustav Kohn, Deuticke, Leipzig und Wien,
1890, 1st part; the second, of which according to the editor only a
chapter was found among his mss., was never published).

It seems that K. also edited the paedagogist Ernst Laas' posthumous
mss (Literarischer Nachlass, 1887). He might be the same B.K. who
wrote in 1883 a True solution of anti-semitism (Die wahre Erlösung
vom Antisemitismus, Wigand, Leipzig, 61 p.) "von einem getauften
Juden", i.e. "by a baptised Jew".

Volker Peckhaus should know everything about him (just as on many
other subjects), since he wrote a Contribution to K.'s biography some
years ago.



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