The Concept of Probability in the Mathematical Representation of Reality (Full Circle Series, Volume 3)

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This lucid, early work by Hans Reichenbach is of much more than historical interest. It anticipates current investigations in philosophy of science.

Reichenbach (1891-1953), a student and friend of Albert Einstein and a leading advocate of logical empiricism, dominated philosophy of physics in the first half of the twentieth century. His highly original doctoral dissertation, here translated for the first time, throws new light on the Kantian influence on logical empiricism and foreshadows several of the themes of Reichenbach's influential book, The Direction of Time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696097
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Full Circle Series, #3
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction   Frederick Eberhardt   Clark Glymour     1
Notes on the Translation     1
Historical Background on the Dissertation     2
Dissertation     2
Influences on the Dissertation and Reichenbach's References     14
Reichenbach's 1927 Comments on his Dissertation     22
Reichenbach's Theory of Probability after the Dissertation     23
Contemporary Echoes     31
Epilogue     33
Bibliography     33
Die Bedeutung der Wahrscheinlichkeit fur die mathematische Darstellung der Wirklichkeit   Hans Reichenbach     38
Das Problem     38
Analyse spezieller Wahrscheinlichkeitsprobleme     58
Deduktion des Wahrscheinlichkeitsprinzips     104
Die Stellung der Wahrscheinlichkeitsurteile zur Wirklichkeit     130
Lebenslauf     148
The Concept of Probability in the Mathematical Representation of Reality   Hans Reichenbach     39
The Problem     39
Analysis of Special Problems in Probability     59
Deduction of the Principle of Probability     105
The Relation of Judgments of Probability to Reality     131
Resume     149
Bibliography     151
Index     153
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