Clarence Herrick

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In existographies, Clarence Luther Herrick (97-51 BE) (1858-1904 ACM) (LH:#) was an American naturalist, philosopher, dynamic psychologist, psychobiologist, and geologist, noted for []



Clarence Herrick was the older brother of Judson Herrick, the latter of whom carried forward his philosophical work and ideas.



Herrick was influenced by Hermann Lotze, whose lectures on psychology he translated (1888) and privately printed, for his classes in Minneapolis.


The following are quotes:

“The greatest difficulty the dynamic philosophy encounters is that involved in accounting for ‘individuality’. If all energy is bound together in one universe, all being parts of the whole and the whole felt or implicate in every part, how does the part become discrete? The reply is simply that creation is, the introduction of mode (diversity, heterogeneity), and so far as our universe is concerned this diversity is primary. Given rhythmical variation and it can be conceived (from physical analogies which we may accept as valid) that two centers of activity may impinge upon one another in an infinity of ways whose one limit is identity and whose other limit is opposition. The results of such interference will conceivably vary also through an infinity and these resultants will be modes of activity differing from either of the primary energic modes.”
— Clarence Herrick (c.1895), “The Concept of Individuality”; in: The Metaphysics of a Naturalist (pg. 29) [1]

End matter


  1. Herrick, Clarence. (1905). The Metaphysics of a Naturalist: Philosophical and Psychological Fragments, Volume 15 (editors: H. Heath Bawden and Frank Carney; reviewer: George McKibben). Denison University, 1910.

Further reading

  • Anon. (1955). “Clarence Luther Herrick: Pioneer Naturalist, Teacher, and psychobiologist” (Jst), Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 45(1):1-85.
  • Gottlieb, G. (1987). “A Tribute to Clarence Luther Herrick (1858-1904): Founder of Developmental Psychobiology”, Developmental Psychobiology, 20(1):1-5.

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