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Interpreting Mach: Critical Essays
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Interpreting Mach: Critical Essays (Hardback)

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This volume presents new essays on the work and thought of physicist, psychologist and philosopher Ernst Mach. Moving away from previous estimations of Mach as a pre-logical positivist, the essays reflect his rehabilitation as a thinker of direct relevance to debates in the contemporary philosophies of natural science, psychology, metaphysics and mind. Topics covered include Mach's work on acoustical psychophysics and physics; his ideas on analogy and the principle of conservation of energy; the correct interpretation of his scheme of 'elements' and its relationship to his 'historical-critical' method; the relationship of his thought to movements such as American pragmatism, realism, and neutral monism, as well as to contemporary figures such as Friedrich Nietzsche; and the reception and influence of his works in Germany and Austria, particularly by the Vienna Circle.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy of mindScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPhilosophy of science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 30/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781108474016  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Preston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is the author of Feyerabend: Philosophy, Science and Society (1997) and Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader's Guide (2008). He edited the third volume of Feyerabend's Philosophical Papers (Cambridge, 1999) and co-edited The Worst Enemy of Science?: Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend, (with Gonzalo Munevar and David Lamb, 2000).

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