Wyss (pronounced Veese) was born in Bern, Switzerland, and studied theology in Göttingen and Halle. In 1805 he became Professor of Philosophy at Bern's academy, and later chief librarian of its city library. He died in Bern.
Vorlesungen über das höchste Gut ("Lectures on the highest good,” 2 vols., Tübingen, 1811)
Idyllen, Volkssagen, Legend und Erzählungen aus der Schweiz ("Idylls, folk tales, legends, and stories from Switzerland,” 3 vols., 1815–22; partly translated into French in Mme. de Montolieu's Châteaux suisses, 1816)
Reise im Berner Oberland ("Travels in the Bern highlands,” 1808; French translation, Voyage dans l'Oberland bernois, 2 vols., Bern, 1817)