Biography:George Stout

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Short description: British philosopher and psychologist
George Stout

George Frederick Stout

6 January 1860
South Shields, England
Died18 August 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic psychology[1]
Main interests
Philosophy of psychology
Notable ideas
  • Analytic psychology[1]
  • trope theory

George Frederick Stout FBA (/stt/; 1860–1944), usually cited as G. F. Stout, was a leading English philosopher and psychologist.[2]


Born in South Shields on 6 January 1860, Stout studied psychology at the University of Cambridge under James Ward.[3] Like Ward, Stout employed a philosophical approach to psychology and opposed the theory of associationism.[4]

It was as a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge (1884–1896), that Stout published his first work in 1896: the two-volume Analytic Psychology, whose view of the role of activity in intellectual processes was later verified experimentally by the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget.[4] The work contains numerous references to Franz Brentano, Kazimierz Twardowski, Carl Stumpf, Christian von Ehrenfels, and Alexius Meinong.[5] The term analytic psychology is a translation of Brentano's term descriptive psychology[1] (cf. also Analytic psychology (Dilthey)).

Stout was appointed to a new lectureship in comparative psychology at the University of Aberdeen in 1896, before becoming reader in mental philosophy at the University of Oxford (1898–1902), where he published his Manual of Psychology in 1899. This work formulated many principles later developed experimentally by the Gestalt school of psychology.[4] Leaving Oxford, from 1903 to 1936, Stout served as professor of logic and metaphysics at St. Andrews, Fife, where he published another major work, Mind and Matter in 1931. He remained at St. Andrews until his retirement thirty years later, in 1936.[2]

Upon his retirement, Stout left for Australia to be with his son. He died in Sydney on 18 August 1944.

Over the course of his career, Stout taught a number of notable students, including G. E. Moore and Bertrand Russell at Cambridge University.[6] In addition, from 1891 to 1920, he served as editor of Mind, a leading philosophical journal, and was president of Aristotelian Society from 1899 to 1904. In metaphysics, Stout is well known for his contribution to trope theory, specifically in the form of a 1923 paper for the Aristotelian Society.[7]

Significant publications

  • Analytic Psychology (1896)
  • Manual of Psychology (2 volumes, 1898–1899)
  • Studies in Philosophy and Psychology (1930)

See also

  • Gifford Lectures


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Maria van der Schaar, G. F. Stout and the Psychological Origins of Analytic Philosophy, Springer, 2013, p. 2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "George Frederick Stout, 1860 - 1944, Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of St. Andrews". Templeton Foundation. 
  3. "Stout, George, Frederick (STT879GF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "George Frederick Stout". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  5. Liliana Albertazzi, Immanent Realism: An Introduction to Brentano, Springer, 2006, p. 321.
  6. Maria van der Schaar, G. F. Stout and the Psychological Origins of Analytic Philosophy, Springer, 2013, p. viii.
  7. G. F. Stout. "Are The Characteristics of Particular Things Universal or Particular?". Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Supplementary) 3: 114–122. 

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