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Interpreting Mach
Critical Essays

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John Preston, Alexandra Hui, Richard Staley, Daan Wegener, S. G. Sterrett, Thomas Uebel, Alexander Klein, Pietro Gori, Lydia Patton, Luca Guzzardi, Friedrich Stadler, Michael Stöltzner, Erik C. Banks
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  • Date Published: November 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2024
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108463287

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  • This volume presents new essays on the work and thought of physicist, psychologist, and philosopher Ernst Mach. Moving away from previous estimations of Mach as a pre-logical positivist, the essays reflect his rehabilitation as a thinker of direct relevance to debates in the contemporary philosophies of natural science, psychology, metaphysics, and mind. Topics covered include Mach's work on acoustical psychophysics and physics; his ideas on analogy and the principle of conservation of energy; the correct interpretation of his scheme of 'elements' and its relationship to his 'historical-critical' method; the relationship of his thought to movements such as American pragmatism, realism, and neutral monism, as well as to contemporary figures such as Friedrich Nietzsche; and the reception and influence of his works in Germany and Austria, particularly by the Vienna Circle.

    • Presents the most recent thinking on the work of Ernst Mach, its reception, and its implications
    • Features essays on Mach's wide range of scientific, philosophical and psychological activities
    • Corrects misperceptions about how Mach's work was received by figures in the pragmatist, analytical, and logical positivist movements
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    ‘An important addition to the literature on modern philosophy and the philosophy of science … Recommended.’ J. R. Shook, Choice Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108463287
    • length: 299 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2024
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: A New Mach for a New Millennium John Preston
    1. Ernst Mach's Piano and the Making of a Psychophysical Imaginarium Alexandra Hui
    2. Mother's Milk, and More: On the Role of Ernst Mach's Relational Physics in the Development of Einstein's Theory of Relativity Richard Staley
    3. Meaningful Work: Ernst Mach on Energy Conservation Daan Wegener
    4. Mach on Analogy in Science S. G. Sterrett
    5. Ernst Mach's Enlightenment Pragmatism: History and Economy in Scientific Cognition Thomas Uebel
    6. On the Philosophical and Scientific Relationship between Ernst Mach and William James Alexander Klein
    7. Ernst Mach and Friedrich Nietzsche: On the Prejudices of Scientists Pietro Gori
    8. Abstraction, Pragmatism, and History in Mach's Economy of Science Lydia Patton
    9. Holding the Hand of History: Mach on the History of Science, the Analysis of Sensations, and the Economy of Thought Luca Guzzardi
    10. Ernst Mach and the Vienna Circle: A Re-evaluation of the Reception and Influence of his Work Friedrich Stadler
    11. Narratives Divided: The Austrian and the German Mach Michael Stöltzner
    12. Phenomenalism, or Neutral Monism, in Mach's Analysis of Sensations? John Preston
    13. The Case for Mach's Neutral Monism Erik C. Banks.

  • Editor

    John Preston, University of Reading
    John Preston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is the author of Feyerabend: Philosophy, Science and Society (1997) and Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader's Guide (2008). He edited the third volume of Feyerabend's Philosophical Papers and co-edited The Worst Enemy of Science?: Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend (with Gonzalo Munévar and David Lamb, 2000).


    John Preston, Alexandra Hui, Richard Staley, Daan Wegener, S. G. Sterrett, Thomas Uebel, Alexander Klein, Pietro Gori, Lydia Patton, Luca Guzzardi, Friedrich Stadler, Michael Stöltzner, Erik C. Banks

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