Emile Meyerson’s writings on the philosophy of science are a rich source of ideas and information concerning many philosophical and historical aspects of the. MEYERSON, ÉMILE(b. Lyublin, Russia [now Lublin, Poland], 12 February ; d. Paris, France, 4 December )history and philosophy of science. WE regret to record the death, which occurred on December 4, of M. Emile Meyerson. Many British philosophers knew the hospitable apartment of the Rue.

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An extension of his inquiry beyond the development of chemistry led him to master much of the history of the study of the natural science form actiquity to his own day. Meyerson does not change his mind about the insufficiencies of positivistic epistemology.

Comte expressed horror of all explanatory theory. Keep Exploring Britannica Leonardo da Vinci. This historical approach was also directed against positivist interpretation of the science and its history.


Reason must have its identities and cannot tolerate the fleetingness of sensations. And although he held scientific thought to be a continauation of commonsense views— both of them are founded on the concept of a Ding an sich Meyerson did not adopt a realist philosophy based on a fixed philosophcial system. The reason is mainly incarnated in science.

Meyerson accepted the Bergsonian idea of a residual irrationality of things expressed by the irreducible specificity of time as compareed with space.

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In this case, Meyerson claims that the sufficient reason of matter is traced to the space that envelops it. Meyerson then extends their range to the realm of common sense. Meyerson expressed the fundamental distinction between the principles of reason and between Comte and himself as follows: Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not meerson able to accommodate all contributions.

Principle of lawfulness, [3] principle of causality [3]. Their thought is not rational like ours but magical and mythical.

Although not a practicing Jew, Meyerson retained an attachment to Zionism. Author Information Kenneth A. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Acknowledgements Meyersson express my sincere gratitude to Dr. In these works he pointed to the necessity to see human thought in its own historic and cultural context, while focusing on the differences in the ways of reasoning in different historic eras.

Experience now teaches us that space is not the same everywhere and therefore the concept cannot neyerson from reason is not a priori. Paris, France, 4 December history and philosophy of science. Lowenberg hailed him as a new Kant and thought that Meyerson had provided an important refutation of positivism.

Meyerson says that IR is inductively based whereas this book is more philosophical because it moves deductively from the application of principles uncovered in that first book to their application in scientific developments. Like Duhem, Meyerson saw in the history of scientific thought an essential instrument gives a dimension unattainable through introspection or direct analysis of the processes of science and their development.


For instance, he says it generates the atomic theories of science. At this point, Meyerson introduced the distinction between identification and identities. This book is an inductive study of the theories generated by scientific thought—from their first beginnings in the works of the early Atomists to their latest developments in quantum physics—to uncover the psychological principles that accompany all scientific inductions.

Finally, I would like to conclude with a small observation. Internet URLs are the best. His study generates two main questions. Yet the physicist of the future would be driven by his desire for a Weltbild to look for the physical significance of the concepts born of mathematical reasoning.

He also collaborated on the famous report on the economic situation of Jews in the Russian Emopre. Emile Meyerson — 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.

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