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He is known for his concept of chorology , the study of places and regions, a concept that influenced both Carl O. Sauer and Richard Hartshorne. Apart from Europe , his fieldwork concentrated mainly on Colombia , Chile and Russia. Alfred Hettner, who obtained his PhD from the University of Strasbourg , was also a pupil of Ferdinand von Richthofen and Friedrich Ratzel in Leipzig —where he obtained his habilitation.

His book Europe was published in According to him, geography is a chorological science or it is a study of regions. Hettner rejected the view that geography could be either general or regional.

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Hettner, Alfred (1859–1941)

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 Although his training and his early work were principally in geomorphology, Hettner, like Ritter and Ratzel, was more interested in human geography. The opportunity to present his methodological position came in , when at the age of 36 he founded the Geographische Zeitschrift.


Hettner, Alfred

Alfred Hettner was a German geographer who is known for his contributions to the modern development of geography in Germany, with his concept of chorology and his own geographical journal "Geographische Zeitung". Hettner practiced geography from a philosophical and scientific perspective and traveled all over the world to do field research. During his studies Hetnner was a pupil of Richtenhofen and Ratzel, and while finishing work on his doctorate at the University of Strasbourg, he became increasingly fascinated with philosophy. Especially the German philosopher Immanuel Kant influenced his views on the nature of geography, but also various great German geographers influenced him.

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