Gestalt theory will not be satisfied with sham solutions suggested by a simple dichotomy of science and life instead gestalt theory is resolved to penetrate the problem itself by examining the fundamental assumptions of science it has long seemed obvious and is in fact the characteristic tone of european science that science means breaking up complexes into their component elements. Max wertheimer max wertheimer b april 15 1880 d october 12 1943 was born in the czech republic he was one of the trio of psychologists who founded the gestalt school of psychology his collaborators were wolfgang kohler and kurt koffka world war i interrupted the gestalt schools work with both koffka and wertheimer assigned to war duties and research. The new gestalt psychology max wertheimer became one of the founding members of gestalt psychologyaccording to the psychologist there are wholes the behavior of which is not determined by that of their individual elements but where the part processes are themselves determined by the intrinsic nature of the whole it is the hope of gestalt theory to determine the nature of such wholes. Gestalt theory max wertheimer 1924 uber gestalttheorie an address before the kant society berlin 7th december 1924 erlangen 1925 in the translation by willis d ellis published in his source book of gestalt psychology new york harcourt brace and co 1938 what is gestalt theory and what does it intendgestalt theory was the outcome of concrete investigations in psychology
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