He went to the university of Leipzig as a student of philosophy and natural sciences, but entered officially as a student of medicine.
He laid the foundation of his philosophical system very early in his Metaphysik (Leipzig, 1841) and his Logik (1843), short books published while he was still a junior lecturer at Leipzig, from which university he migrated to Gottingen, succeeding Herbart in the chair of philosophy.
These works were his Allgemeine Pathologie and Therapie als mechanische Naturwissenschaften (Leipzig, 1842, 2nd ed., 1848), the articles "Lebenskraft" (1843) and "Seele and Seelenleben" (1846) in Rud.
Wagner's Handworterbuch der Physiologic, his Allgemeine Physiologic des Korperlichen Lebens (Leipzig, 1851), and his Medizinische Psychologie oder Physiologic der Seele (Leipzig, 1852).
The misinterpretations which he had suffered induced Lotze to publish a small pamphlet of a polemical character (Streitschriften, Leipzig, 1857), in which he corrected two mistakes.
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