On Boundaries of the Language of Physics

  • Ladislav KvaszEmail author
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 16)


The aim of the present paper is to outline a method of reconstruction of the historical development of the language of physical theories. We will apply the theory presented in Patterns of Change, Linguistic Innovations in the Development of Classical Mathematics to the analysis of linguistic innovations in physics. Our method is based on a reconstruction of the following potentialities of language: analytical power, expressive power, integrative power, and explanatory power, as well as analytical boundaries and expressive boundaries. One of the results of our reconstruction is a new interpretation of Kant's antinomies of pure reason. If we relate Kant’s antinomies to the language, they retain validity.


Expressive Power Classical Physic Newtonian Mechanic Analytical Boundary Integrative Power 
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The paper is an outcome of the research project P401/11/0371 Apriority, Syntheticity and Analyticity from Medieval Thought to Contemporary Philosophy provided by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic for the years 2011–2015 and was written in the framework of the Fellowship Jan Evangelista Purkyne in the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic.


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  1. 1.Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of Czech RepublicPragueCzech Republic

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