1110 Simmering


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Alois-Höfler-Gasse (Simmering), named in 1940 after the philosopher and educator Alois Höfler (April 6, 1853–February 26, 1922).

Alois Höfler studied mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna, e.g. with Ludwig Boltzmann. After passing his teaching examination in 1876, he taught at the Theresian Academy high school. In 1879 he passed the supplementary teaching examination for philosophical propaedeutics. He particularly appreciated Alexius Meinong in Graz, where he wrote a dissertation on some laws of incompatibility between judgements.

In addition to his school work, he was a lecturer at the University of Vienna. During this time he worked closely with Franz Brentano. In 1895 he received his habilitation. His research and teaching focused on logic and psychology as well as the didactics of physics and mathematics.

Höfler became professor of pedagogy in Prague in 1903 and in Vienna in 1907. He continued to pursue his broad philosophical and scientific interests; his slogan was: “I remain a philosopher”. On pedagogy, he only published statements on school policy, in which he rejected the unified school advocated by socialists and advocated retaining the classical humanistic high school. He polemicized against the state of the Viennese school system.

In 1916 he was elected a corresponding member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Vienna.