Ernst Mach – Life, Work, Influence

  • Friedrich Stadler

Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Mach and Austrian Philosophy

  3. Mach, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Sandy Berkovski
      Pages 123-133
    3. Alexandre Couture-Mingheras
      Pages 135-144
    4. David Dahmen, Ronald Villa, René J. Campis, Eduardo Bermúdez Barrera
      Pages 145-155
    5. Elena D’Amore
      Pages 157-163
    6. Tomáš Hříbek
      Pages 165-176
    7. Germinal Ladmiral
      Pages 177-186
    8. Denis Seron
      Pages 187-197
  4. On Mach’s Impact and Influence

  5. Mach, Physics, and the Natural Sciences

  6. Mach and Pragmatism

  7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 551-551
    2. Michael R. Matthews
      Pages 553-570
    3. Hayo Siemsen, Karl Hayo Siemsen
      Pages 571-600
    4. Tobias Macke, Johannes Puschner, Wolfgang Schöner, Clemens Ulrich
      Pages 615-624

About this book


This edited volume features essays written in honor of Ernst Mach. It explores his life, work, and legacy. Readers will gain a better understanding of  this natural scientist and scholar who made major contributions to physics, the philosophy of science, and physiological psychology.

The essays offer a critical inventory of Mach’s lifework in line with state-of-the-art research and historiography. It begins with physics, where he paved the way for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The account continues with Mach's contributions in biology, psychology, and physiology pioneering with an empiricist and gestalthaft Analysis of Sensations. Readers will also discover how in the philosophy of science he served as a model for the Vienna Circle with the Ernst Mach Society as well as paved the way for an integrated history and theory of science.

Indeed, his influence extends far beyond the natural sciences -- to the Vienna Medical School and psychoanalysis (R. Bárány, J. Breuer, S. Freud), to literature (Jung Wien, R. Musil), to politics (F. Adler, Austro-Marxism and the Viennese adult education), to arts between Futurism and Minimal Art as well as to social sciences between the liberal school (J. Schumpeter, F. A. von Hayek) and empirical social research (P. Lazarsfeld und M. Jahoda).


Analysis of Sensations Ernst Mach and a Modern Tradition of Post-Philosophy Ernst Mach’s Ideas in America Ernst Mach on Contemporary Physics Curriculum at Schools Ernst Mach’s Pragmatic Epistemology Mach’s Theory of Scientific Experimentation Mach’s Geometry of Solids Mach's Reception in Pre-Revolutionary Russia The monistic positivism of Ernst Mach

Editors and affiliations

  • Friedrich Stadler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute Vienna CircleUniversity of Vienna, Vienna Circle SocietyViennaAustria

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