Alfred Hettner , born Aug. He strongly influenced the modern development of geography in Germany. While completing work on his doctorate at the University of Strasbourg now in France , Hettner became increasingly absorbed in philosophy. His conception of the nature of geography was rooted in the views of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant , but he was also influenced by a number of the great German geographers.

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Forgot your login information? In: Encyclopedia of Geography. Hettner, Alfred — Edited by: Barney Warf. Warf, B. Hettner, alfred — Warf Ed. Warf, Barney. Warf, B , 'Hettner, alfred — ', in Warf, B ed. Barney Warf. SAGE Knowledge. Have you created a personal profile? Login or create a profile so that you can create alerts and save clips, playlists, and searches. Please log in from an authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. Alfred Hettner was a prominent and highly influential German geographer who powerfully shaped the nature of the discipline in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Greatly influenced by Immanuel Kant, Alexander von Humboldt, and Carl Ritter, Hettner argued that geography consisted of the art of holistic regional description and synthesis, inductively seeking relations among phenomena that other disciplines ignored, particularly those between humans and the environment.

Son of a museum director in Dresden, Hettner grew up in comfortable circumstances. He started his higher education at the University of Halle in He moved to Bonn a year later and to Strasbourg a year after that. Much of his training was focused on physical geography. CQ Press Your definitive resource for politics, policy and people. Remember me? Back Institutional Login Please choose from an option shown below.

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Alfred Hettner

Alfred Hettner — was an important leader in the development of German geography and was particularly influential in defining for geographers generally the scope and methods of their subject. He was born in Dresden and grew up there in a large family with intellectual and artistic interests. He became interested in geography while he was in secondary school and declared his intention of specializing in that field as soon as he began his university training. He studied at four different German universities and traveled and did field work for four years in South America. After teaching for ten years in Leipzig, he was appointed in to the newly established chair of geography at Tubingen and then, less than two years later, to the new chair at Heidelberg, which he held until his retirement in


Hettner, Alfred (1859–1941)

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