The Law of Causality and Its Limits

  • Authors
  • Philipp Frank
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Vienna Circle Collection book series (VICC, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-15
  2. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 17-42
  3. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 64-94
  4. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 95-136
  5. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 137-154
  6. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 155-160
  7. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 161-196
  8. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 197-217
  9. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 218-239
  10. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 240-270
  11. Philipp Frank, Robert S. Cohen
    Pages 271-280
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 281-302

About this book

Introduction

The Law of Causality and its Limits was the principal philosophical work of the physicist turned philosopher, Philipp Frank. Born in Vienna on March 20, 1884, Frank died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 21, 1966. He received his doctorate in 1907 at the University of Vienna in theoretical physics, having studied under Ludwig Boltzmann; his sub­ sequent research in physics and mathematics was represented by more than 60 scientific papers. Moreover his great success as teacher and expositor was recognized throughout the scientific world with publication of his collaborative Die Differentialgleichungen der Mechanik und Physik, with Richard von Mises, in 1925-27. Frank was responsible for the second volume, on physics, and especially noted for his authoritative article on classical Hamiltonian mechanics and optics. Among his earliest papers were those, beginning in 1908, devoted to special relativity, which together with general relativity and physical cosmology occupied him throughout his life. Already in 1907, Frank published his seminal paper 'Kausalgesetz und Erfahrung' ('Experience and the Law of Causality'), much later collected with a splendid selection of his essays on philosophy of science, in English (1941c and 1949g, in our Bibliography). Joining the first 'Vienna Circle' in the first decade of the 20th century, with Hans Hahn, mathematician, and Otto Neurath, sociologist and economist, and deeply influenced by studies of Ernst Mach's critical conceptual histories of science and by the striking challenge of Poincare and Duhem, Frank continued his epistemological investigations.

Keywords

Vienna causality determinism issue philosophy quantum mechanics science

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5516-8
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6323-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5516-8
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