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Ludwig Boltzmann: His Later Life and Philosophy, 1900-1906 : Book Two: The Philosopher - John T. Blackmore

Ludwig Boltzmann: His Later Life and Philosophy, 1900-1906

Book Two: The Philosopher

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1995
ISBN: 9780792334644
Number Of Pages: 320

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After his failure to replace metaphysics by a linguistic approach, Ludwig Boltzmann came to identify the philosophy of science with methodology which, in turn, he considered to be part of science itself, and thus not part of philosophy at all. His definition of philosophy as metaphysics meant that, from his point of view, all philosophers were metaphysicians, himself included.
Boltzmann the philosopher was advised on the improvement of his Weltanschauung by Franz Brentano; to such effect that, by the summer of 1905, Boltzmann appeared to be close to a form of critical realism. However, the stronger this realism became, the more inconsistent it seemed to be with his `Mach plus pictures' methodology of science. During this period, he planned to write a book, first on metaphysics and then later on what he called `A priori probability' and what he considered to be its shortcomings. Apparently, the book was never completed.
All know Boltzmann the great physicist. Much less widely known is that he was an original philosopher: one who had a great impact on early 20th Century Viennese philosophy, beginning with Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle and extending even to Popper and Feyerabend. Blackmore's delving into Boltzmann's correspondence, coupled with his unparalleled knowledge of Boltzmann's final years, allows him to present Boltzmann in an entirely new light to readers in the English language.
For physicists, philosophers and historians.

First Introduction (On Realism)
Second Introduction (On Idealism)
Philosophy of Science
Linguistic Philosophy
Public Lectures
Franz Brentano
Critical Realism
Name Index
Late Appendix: On the Philosophical Society of the University of Vienna, 1888--1922
Alois H÷fler's Role plus Separate Lists by Author, Date, and Topic of the More than 400 Lectures and Discussions Given/ Also a Membership List
Rediscovered Dialogues by Boltzmann and Others
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ISBN: 9780792334644
ISBN-10: 0792334647
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 31st July 1995
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.22 x 15.7  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.57

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