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Ernst Mach's world elements : a study in natural philosophy

Author: Erik C Banks
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©2003.
Series: University of Western Ontario series in philosophy of science, v. 68.
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"Ernst Mach (1838-1916) was a seminal philosopher-scientist and a deserving member of the canon of major twentieth-century thinkers. Yet, despite a healthy resurgence in Mach studies, he is still widely thought to represent a simplistic positivist, even sensationalist, position that does not at all reflect the depth of Mach's interests and subtlety as a philosopher.
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Named Person: Ernst Mach; Ernst Mach
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik C Banks
ISBN: 140201662X 9781402016622
OCLC Number: 53132114
Description: xii, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. The Viennese Background --
Ch. 2. A New Theory of Matter --
Ch. 3. Herbart's Metaphysics --
Ch. 4. Mach on Space Sensations --
Ch. 5. Mach and Riemann --
Ch. 6. Fechner and the Inner Side of Nature --
Ch. 7. From Sensations to World Elements: Neutral Monism
Series Title: University of Western Ontario series in philosophy of science, v. 68.
Responsibility: by Erik C. Banks.
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