The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science

Author:   Michael Friedman ,  Alfred Nordmann
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
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9780262062541


Pages:   376
Publication Date:   19 May 2006
Recommended Age:   From 18
Format:   Hardback
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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 Poincare 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 Poincare 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 Lutzen, Alfred Nordmann, Helmut Pulte, Robert Richards, Alan Richardson

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Author:   Michael Friedman ,  Alfred Nordmann
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
Imprint:   MIT Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.748kg
ISBN:  

9780262062541


ISBN 10:   0262062542
Pages:   376
Publication Date:   19 May 2006
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Michael Friedman is Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities at Stanford University.

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