He worked as a professor in Marburg and Göttingen before retiring under pressure from the National Socialist government in 1935. He went into exile to the UK, living there from 1939 until 1946. Georg Misch wrote one of the first extended critical appropriations of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, which evaluated phenomenology from the perspective of Dilthey's philosophy, in Lebensphilosophie und Phänomenologie. Eine Auseinandersetzung der Diltheyschen Richtung mit Heidegger und Husserl, Leipzig 1930 (3. Aufl. Stuttgart 1964). He is mostly known for his monumental Geschichte der Autobiographie (History of Autobiography), in several volumes, beginning in 1907, the last one being published posthumous in 1969. He is the pupil and son-in-law of Wilhelm Dilthey, some of whose works he edited, and attempted to further develop his life-philosophical hermeneutics.