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Reichenbach, Hans 1891-1953

Works: 264 works in 1,482 publications in 11 languages and 19,409 library holdings
Genres: History  Records and correspondence  Introductions  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Creator, Publishing director, Other, Contributor, Editor
Classifications: QC6, 530.1
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The rise of scientific philosophy by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

128 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book represents a new approach to philosophy. It treats philosophy as not a collection of systems, but as a study of problems. It recognizes in traditional philosophical systems the historical function of having asked questions rather than having given solutions. Professor Reichenbach traces the failures of the systems to psychological causes. Speculative philosophers offered answers at a time when science had not yet provided the means to give true answers. Their search for certainty and for moral directives led them to accept pseudo-solutions. Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, and many others are cited to illustrate the rationalist fallacy: reason, unaided by observation, was regarded as a source of knowledge, revealing the physical world and 'moral truth'. The empiricists could not disprove this thesis, for they could not give a valid account of mathematical knowledge. Mathematical discoveries in the early nineteenth century cleared the way for modern scientific philosophy. Its advance was furthered by discoveries in modern physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. These findings have made possible a new conception of the universe and of the atom. The work of scientists thus altered philosophy completely and brought into being a philosopher with a new attitude and training. Instead of dictating so-called laws of reason to the scientist, this modern philosopher proceeds by analyzing scientific methods and results. He finds answers to the age-old questions of space, time, causality, and life; of the human observer and the external world. He tells us how to find our way through this world without resorting to unjustifiable beliefs or assuming a supernatural origin for moral standards. Philosophy thus is no longer a battleground of contradictory opinions, but a science discovering truth step by step. Professor Reichenbach, known for his many contributions to logic and the philosophy of science, addresses this book to a wider audience. He writes for those who do not have the leisure or preparation to read in the fields of mathematics, symbolic logic, or physics. Besides showing the principal foundations of the new philosophy, he has been careful to provide the necessary factual background. He has written a philosophical study, not a mere popularization. It contains within its chapters all the necessary scientific material in an understandable form - and, therefore, conveys all the information indispensable to a modern world-view. The late Hans Reichenbach was Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles
The philosophy of space & time by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

58 editions published between 1927 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An important landmark in the developmant of the empiricist conception of geometry, this book is still one of the clearest and most valuable expositions of the crisis in physical science and mathematics occasioned by the advent of the non-Euclidean geometries. With unusual depth and clarity, it covers the problem of the foundations of geometry, the theory of time, the theory and consequences of Einstein's relativity including: relations between theory and observations, coordinate definitions, relations between topological and metrical properties of space, the psychological problem of the possibility of a visual intuition of non-Euclidean structures, and many other important topics in modern science and philosophy."--Back cover
Experience and prediction; an analysis of the foundations and the structure of knowledge by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

95 editions published between 1938 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hans Reichenbach was a formidable figure in early 20th century philosophy of science. In the two decades following World War II, logical positivism was the reigning theory of the philosophy of science and Reichenbach was at the peak of his career. He wrote this book to introduce logical positivism to English speakers
Elements of symbolic logic by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

77 editions published between 1947 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The direction of time by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

59 editions published between 1956 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever a source of philosophical conjecture and debate, the concept of time represents the beating heart of physics. This final work by the distinguished physicist Hans Reichenbach represents the culmination and integration of a lifetime's philosophical contributions and inquiries into the analysis of time. The result is an outstanding overview of such qualitative, or topological, attributes of time as order and direction. Beginning with a discussion of the emotive significance of time, Reichenbach turns to an examination of the time order of mechanics, the time direction of thermodynamics and microstatistics, the time direction of macrostatistics, and the time of quantum physics. He offers coherent explanations of the analytic methods of scientific philosophy in the investigation of probability, quantum mechanics, the theory of relativity, and causality - methods that he not only applies here but also helped to develop and refine. Introduction. Appendix. Index
From Copernicus to Einstein by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

50 editions published between 1940 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hans Reichenbach (1891-1953) was a leading philosopher of science, teacher and proponent of logical empiricism. Reichenbach is best known for founding the Berlin Circle, who were a group that maintained logical empiricist views about philosophy. From Copernicus to Einstein is one of the most highly regarded popular accounts of Einstein's theory of relativity. This book traces the consequences of Copernican astronomy and the advances in the study of light and electricity, then precisely describes the development of the Special and General Theories of Relativity
Philosophic foundations of quantum mechanics by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

75 editions published between 1941 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physics concerns direct analysis of the physical world, while philosophy analyzes knowledge about the physical world. This volume combines both disciplines for a philosophical interpretation of quantum physics -- an interpretation free from the imprecision of metaphysics, offering a view of the atomic world and its quantum mechanical results as concrete as the visible everyday world. Written by an internationally renowned philosopher who specialized in symbolic logic and the theory of relativity, this approach consists of three parts. The first section, which requires no background in math or physics, reviews the basics of quantum mechanics, outlining their philosophical interpretation and summarizing their results. The second part, which presupposes a knowledge of calculus, outlines the mathematical methods of quantum mechanics; and the third part blends the philosophical ideas of the first part and the mathematical formulations of the second part to develop a variety of interpretations of quantum mechanics. The author presents in-depth discussions of each interpretation, constructing a conclusion in terms of three-valued logic that offers readers a satisfactory logical form of quantum mechanics. Focusing on clarification of concepts rather than developing problem-solving skills, this volume will prove enlightening to students of mathematics, physics, and the other sciences
The theory of probability, an inquiry into the logical and mathematical foundations of the calculus of probability by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

36 editions published between 1949 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theory of relativity and a priori knowledge by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

17 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Axiomatization of the theory of relativity by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

39 editions published between 1924 and 1969 in German and English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atom and cosmos; the world of modern physics by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

22 editions published between 1930 and 1957 in English and German and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern philosophy of science; selected essays by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

29 editions published between 1959 and 1981 in English and German and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nomological statements and admissible operations by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

22 editions published between 1954 and 1984 in English and Italian and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laws, modalities, and counterfactuals by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

15 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected writings, 1909-1953 : with a selection of biographical and autobiographical sketches by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

35 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defending Einstein : Hans Reichenbach's writings on space, time, and motion by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hans Reichenbach, a philosopher of science who was one of five students in Einstein's first seminar on the general theory of relativity, became Einstein's bulldog, defending the theory against criticism from philosophers, physicists, and popular commentators. This book chronicles the development of Reichenbach's reconstruction of Einstein's theory in a way that clearly sets out all of its philosophical commitments and its physical predictions as well as the battles that Reichenbach fought on its behalf, in both the academic and popular press. The essays include reviews and responses to philosophical colleagues, such as Moritz Schlick and Hugo Dingler; polemical discussions with physicists Max Born and D.C. Miller; as well as popular articles meant to clarify aspects of Einstein's theories and set out their philosophical ramifications for the layperson. At a time when physics and philosophy were both undergoing revolutionary changes in content and method, this book is a window into the development of scientific philosophy and the role of the philosopher
Hans Reichenbach, logical empiricist by Wesley C Salmon( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logical empiricism - not to be confused with logical positivism (see pp. 40-44) - is a movement which has left an indelible mark on twentieth century philosophy; Hans Reichenbach (1891-1953) was one of its found ers and one of its most productive advocates. His sudden and untimely death in 1953 halted his work when he was at the height of his intellectual powers; nevertheless, he bequeathed to us a handsome philosophical inheritance. At the present time, twenty-five years later, we can survey our heritage and see to what extent we have been enriched. The present collection of essays constitutes an effort to do just that - to exhibit the scope and unity of Reichenbach's philosophy, and its relevance to current philosophical issues. There is no Nobel Prize in philosophy - the closest analogue is a volume in The Library of Living Philosophers, an honor which, like the Nobel Prize, cannot be awarded posthumously. Among 'scientific philosophers, ' Rudolf Carnap, Albert Einstein, Karl Popper, and Bertrand Russell have been so honored. Had Reichenbach lived longer, he would have shared the honor with Carnap, for at the time of his death a volume on Logical Empiricism, treating the works of Carnap and Reichenbach, was in its early stages of preparation. In the volume which emerged, Carnap wrote, "In 1953, when Reichenbach's creative activity was suddenly ended by his premature death, our movement lost one of its most active leaders
Hans Reichenbach's philosophy of grammar by William E MacMahon( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wahrscheinlichkeitslehre; eine untersuchung über die logischen und mathematischen grundlagen der wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

16 editions published between 1935 and 1994 in German and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relativitätstheorie und Erkenntnis apriori by Hans Reichenbach( Book )

13 editions published between 1920 and 1991 in German and English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The philosophy of space & time
The philosophy of space & timeExperience and prediction; an analysis of the foundations and the structure of knowledgeThe direction of timeFrom Copernicus to EinsteinPhilosophic foundations of quantum mechanicsSelected writings, 1909-1953 : with a selection of biographical and autobiographical sketchesDefending Einstein : Hans Reichenbach's writings on space, time, and motionHans Reichenbach, logical empiricist
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