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Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science

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ISBN-10: 0262062542

ISBN-13: 9780262062541

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael Friedman, Alfred Nordmann

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The contributions of Kantian thought to modern mathematics, mathematical logic, and the foundations of mathematics are now widely acknowledged by scholars. As the essays in this volume show, the general development of modern scientific thought--including the physical sciences, the life sciences, and mathematics--can be viewed as an evolution from Kant through Poincareacute; to Einstein and the logical positivists and beyond. Focusing on nineteenth-century science, the essays--by historians of philosophy, science, and mathematics--trace the multiple intellectual transformations that have led from Kant's original scientific situation to the scientific problems of the twentieth century. The book examines Kant's influence on five strands of nineteenth-century scientific thought: Naturphilosophie and the effect of German Romanticism (especially Goethe) on biology; Fries's philosophy of science; Helmholtz's rejection of Naturphilosophie and Romanticism; neo-Kantianism and its return to "methodological" concerns in natural science and academic philosophy; and Poincareacute; and his reflections on scientific epistemology. The essays give a nuanced picture of Kant's legacy to nineteenth-century thinkers and of the rich interaction between philosophical ideas and discoveries in the natural and mathematical sciences during this period. They point to the ways that the scientific developments of the nineteenth century link Kant's thought to the science of the twentieth century. Contributors: Frederick Beiser, Robert DiSalle, Janet Folina, Michael Friedman, Jeremy Gray, Frederick Gregory, Michael Heidelberger, Timothy Lenoir, Jesper Luuml;tzen, Alfred Nordmann, Helmut Pulte, Robert Richards, Alan Richardson
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Book details

List price: $10.75
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 5/19/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Michael Friedman is a former music business executive & artist manager who has landed record deals for many prominent artists. Under his own record label, Vibra Cobra Records, he has launched the careers of several rock bands. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Editors' Introduction
Kant and Naturphilosophie
Nature Is the Poetry of Mind, or How Schelling Solved Goethe's Kantian Problems
Extending Kant: The Origins and Nature of Jakob Friedrich Fries's Philosophy of Science
Kant, Fries, and the Expanding Universe of Science
Kant, Helmholtz, and the Meaning of Empiricism
Operationalizing Kant: Manifolds, Models, and Mathematics in Helmholtz's Theories of Perception
"The Fact of Science" and Critique of Knowledge: Exact Science as Problem and Resource in Marburg Neo-Kantianism
Kantianism and Realism: Alois Riehl (and Moritz Schlick)
Critical Realism, Critical Idealism, and Critical Common-Sensism: The School and World Philosophies of Riehl, Cohen, and Peirce
Poincare's Circularity Arguments for Mathematical Intuition
Poincare-Between Physics and Philosophy
Images and Conventions: Kantianism, Empiricism, and Conventionalism in Hertz's and Poincare's Philosophies of Space and Mechanics