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Philosophical Problems of Modern Physics

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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages III-X
  2. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 1-6
  3. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 7-36
  4. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 37-87
  5. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 88-113
  6. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 114-132
  7. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 133-155
  8. Peter Mittelstaedt
    Pages 156-204
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 205-211

About this book


Professor Peter Mittelstaedt is a physicist whose primary concern is the foundations of current physical theories. This concern has made him, through his prolonged, incisive and detailed examinations of the structures and overall characteristics of these theories, into a philosopher of physic- of contemporary physics, to be precise, of relativistic theories of space and time, and of the logic of quantum mechanics, in particular. The present book, which expounds his main ideas in these matters, has seen four editions (in German), each including newer results - as indeed does the present translation: see the author's 1975 preface to the English translation. Perhaps this is the place to repeat the author's chief problem and mention his own approach, even though they are expounded in his Intro­ duction. How close is Mittelstaedt to Kant's understanding of science? We are at liberty to choose a framework for thought - a logic and a method­ ology - prior to experience (in the classic sense, to think a priori); yet we choose a framework so as to fit our empirical findings. How is this done? How may it be understood and justified? This is obviously the question of all philosophies that evolve from, and are in reaction to, Kant's system.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Philosophical Problems of Modern Physics
  • Authors Peter Mittelstaedt
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0285-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-0506-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-9617-1
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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