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Du Cheminement de la Pensee.

MEYERSON, Emile (1859-1933).

Published by Librairie Felix Alcan, 1931., Paris:, 1931
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Series: Bibliotheque de Philosophie Contemporaine. Three volumes. 1,036 pp. Original printed wrappers. Near fine set. Scarce. FIRST EDITION. "The work moves beyond science to focus on the application of principles of reason to the realm of common sense." "Emile Meyerson, a chemist and philosopher of science, proposed that the explanations of science are governed by two fundamental principles of reason, namely, the principle of lawfulness and the principle of causality. While the contents of explanations change through history as the explanatory theories of science move from early atomism and qualitative theories to relativity physics and quantum mechanics, the form of thought stays the same, Meyerson said. . . . "Meyerson studies the theories of science from the point of view of psychology. His work spans a 2500-year period of developments in science, and he claims that the goal of reason to explain and control nature is the same now as always because of the action of two innate psychological principles. Meyerson then extends their range to the realm of common sense. His study generates two main questions. The first concerns the accuracy of what he says about the mind, while the second applies his discovery to the course of future developments in science. Can the proper use of these psychological principles help us avoid bad science? "Meyerson calls his two innate psychological principles "lawfulness and causality." The first principle of reason leads us to expect the regularity of natural events. We expect to find that the relationship between conditions and property behavior in nature remains constant. In his words, "our acts are performed in view of an end which we foresee; but this foresight would be entirely impossible if we did not have the absolute conviction that nature is well ordered, that certain antecedents determine and will always determine certain consequences" (IR 19). The second innate principle, causality, leads us to expect identities between the antecedent and consequent of a change. This principle underlies the success of scientific laws." â" Int[x]ernet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. References: See: Chimisso, Cristina, Writing the History of the Mind: Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s. Ashgate, 2008, p. 98. Bookseller Inventory # S11748

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Title: Du Cheminement de la Pensee.

Publisher: Librairie Felix Alcan, 1931., Paris:

Publication Date: 1931

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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