Logical Empiricism and the Physical Sciences: From Philosophy of Nature to Philosophy of Physics

Logical Empiricism and the Physical Sciences

From Philosophy of Nature to Philosophy of Physics
 
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ISBN13:9780367768218
ISBN10:0367768216
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:442 pages
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Language:English
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This volume has two primary aims: to trace the traditions and changes in methods, concepts, and ideas that brought forth the logical empiricists? philosophy of physics, and to analyze the logical empiricists? various and occasionally contrary ideas about the physical sciences and their philosophical relevance.

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This volume has two primary aims: to trace the traditions and changes in methods, concepts, and ideas that brought forth the logical empiricists? philosophy of physics and to present and analyze the logical empiricists? various and occasionally contrary ideas about the physical sciences and their philosophical relevance. These original chapters discuss these developments in their original contexts and social and institutional environments, thus showing the various fruitful conceptions and philosophies behind the history of 20th-century philosophy of science.


Logical Empiricism and the Natural Sciences is divided into three thematic sections. Part I surveys the influences on logical empiricism?s philosophy of science and physics. It features chapters on Maxwell?s role in the worldview of logical empiricism, on Reichenbach?s account of objectivity, on the impact of Poincaré on Neurath?s early views on scientific method, Frank?s exchanges with Einstein about philosophy of physics, and on the forgotten role of Kurt Grelling. Part II focuses on specific physical theories, including Carnap?s and Reichenbach?s positions on Einstein?s theory of general relativity, Reichenbach?s critique of unified field theory, and the logical empiricists? reactions to quantum mechanics. The third and final group of chapters widens the scope to philosophy of science and physics in general. It includes contributions on von Mises? frequentism; Frank?s account of concept formation and confirmation; and the interrelations between Nagel?s, Feigl?s, and Hempel?s versions of logical empiricism.


This book offers a comprehensive account of the logical empiricists? philosophy of physics. It is a valuable resource for researchers interested in the history and philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, and the history of analytic philosophy.

Table of Contents:

1 Introduction: From Philosophy of Nature to Philosophy of Physics 1


SEBASTIAN LUTZ AND ADAM TAMAS TUBOLY


PART 1


The Rise of Philosophy of Physics 19


2 The Electromagnetic Way to the Scientific World-Conception: Maxwell?s Equations at the Service of Logical Empiricism 21


JORDI CAT


3 Kurt Grelling and the Idiosyncrasy of the Berlin Logical Empiricism 64


NIKOLAY MILKOV


4 The Selection of Facts in Poincaré and Neurath 84


KATHERINE DUNLOP


5 The Philosopher Physicists: Albert Einstein and Philipp Frank 121


DON HOWARD


6 On the Empirical Refutation of Epistemological Doctrine in Hans Reichenbach?s Early Philosophy 157


ALAN RICHARDSON


PART 2


The Philosophy of Physical Theories 179


7 Carnap, Einstein, and the Empirical Foundations of Space-Time Geometry 181


ROBERT DISALLE


8 Einstein, General Relativity, and Logical Empiricism 198


THOMAS RYCKMAN


9 ?Geometrization of Physics? Vs. ?Physicalization of Geometry?. The Untranslated Appendix to Reichenbach?s Philosophie der Raum-Zeit-Lehre 224


MARCO GIOVANELLI


10 Did Logical Positivism Influence the Early Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics? 262


JAN FAYE AND RASMUS JAKSLAND


11 Why Moritz Schlick?s View on Causality Is Rooted in a Specific Understanding of Quantum Mechanics 283


RICHARD DAWID


12 The Legacy of Logical Empiricism 295


CLARK GLYMOUR


PART 3


General Philosophy of Physics 313


13 Probability Theory as a Natural Science: Richard von Mises? Frequentism 315


MARIA CARLA GALAVOTTI


14 From Physical Possibility to Probability and Back: Reichenbach?s Account of Coordination 336


FLAVIA PADOVANI


15 Two Constants in Carnap?s View on Scientific Theories 354


SEBASTIAN LUTZ


16 From the Periphery to the Center: Nagel, Feigl, and Hempel


379 MATTHIAS NEUBER


17 Understanding Metaphysics and Understanding Through Metaphysics: Philipp Frank on Scientific Theories and Their Domestication


401 ADAM TAMAS TUBOLY