Appraisal and Influence of Mach’s Works in South America
Perhaps the first approach in South America to the work of Mach of which we have knowledge is the study (1911) on the Analyse der Empfindungen made by Colombian philosopher Julio Enrique Blanco (1890–1986) in Barranquilla, which was derived from his interest in the explanation of living phenomena in general and the psychophysical problem in particular. Despite the difficulty in tracing the path of the work of Mach on South American soil, another point of contact was identified through the influence exerted by Hans A. Lindemann in Buenos Aires, who attended the Schlick Circle on a regular basis. His works, which were reviewed in some journals, offer us the chance to start giving an account of the conceptual lineage of Machian root in South American territories. This work aims to constitute a contribution in that sense. Machian ideas were spread more recently due to the Mach-Einstein connection. Gonzalo Munévar represents a remarkable exception to this pattern due to his account of Machian ideas related to the theory of knowledge and evolution and his relationship with Feyerabend and Hempel.