Between physics and philosophy. by Philipp Frank

By Philipp Frank

Show description

Read Online or Download Between physics and philosophy. PDF

Similar history & surveys books

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Husserl and the Cartesian Meditations

Husserl is likely one of the most vital philosophers of the 20th century and his contribution to the phenomenology flow is extensively known. The Cartesian Meditations is his most renowned, and most generally studied paintings. The publication introduces and assesses: Husserl's existence and history to the Cartesian Meditations, the tips and textual content of the Cartesian Meditations and the ongoing imporance of Husserl's paintings to Philosophy.

A Companion to Latin American Philosophy

This accomplished selection of unique essays written by means of a world staff of students addresses the critical issues in Latin American philosophy. Represents the main finished survey of old and modern Latin American philosophy to be had todayComprises a especially commissioned selection of essays, lots of them written through Latin American authorsExamines the historical past of Latin American philosophy and its present concerns, strains the advance of the self-discipline, and provides biographical sketches of key Latin American thinkersShowcases the range of ways, matters, and types that symbolize the sphere

Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

Even if Nietzsche is often stated as a forerunner of latest ways to interpretations, little consciousness has been paid to the categorical contributions to interpretation concept present in the Nietzschean textual content. Schrift's well-documented examine rectifies this case. Drawing on assets from classical and modern French, German and English Nietzsche scholarship, this examine makes a speciality of a uncomplicated interpretive difficulty: easy methods to keep away from the dogmatic positing of 1 interpretation because the right one with no lapsing into unmitigated relativism during which all interpretations are considered as both valid.

Additional resources for Between physics and philosophy.

Sample text

For example, I can introduce only the motion of masses; but then, in order to obtain the necessary diversity, I must take refuge in unconformable hidden motions. This leads to the purely mechanical picture of the world, which Democritus dimly conceived as an ideal, and which occurs mostly in the form of atomism. This purely quantitative picture of the universe, striving to manage with a minimum number of qualities, found its most logical development in the book "Philosophy of Inanimate Matter" by Adolf Stöhr,2 where even the qualitative specificities still adhering to mechanical atomism were suppressed in favor of purely geometrical-quantitative schemes.

I will not deny that Mach allowed himself to be misled by this argument into attacking the use of atomistics in physics more sharply than can be justified. After all, the usefulness of the atomic theories in this limited realm is certainly indisputable. His followers, as is generally the case, often saw in this weakness of the master his greatest strength, and wished to banish the atom entirely from physics. I believe that one can completely free the nucleus of Mach's teachings from this historically and individually conditioned aversion to atomistics.

Thus Maxwell, who doubtless thought positivistically, wrote the work that laid the foundation for the molecular theory of gases. The phenomenalistic conception becomes a danger only in those cases where the requirement of economy is not realized with equal intensity. The most noteworthy historical example is perhaps Goethe's doctrine of colors. However, if one wishes to pass judgment on a person of such strong individuality one must not forget, as A. 18 For one it signifies a minimum of hypotheses, for another, say, a minimum of different kinds of energy.

Download PDF sample

Rated 5.00 of 5 – based on 7 votes