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Cassirer and Energetics: An Investigation of Cassirer's Early Philosophy of Physics

Giovanelli, Marco (2023) Cassirer and Energetics: An Investigation of Cassirer's Early Philosophy of Physics. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. ISSN 1469-3526

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At the turn of the twentieth century, Helm and Ostwald were the most prominent supporters of so-called 'energetics', which aimed to unify all physics by employing the sole concept of energy, without relying on mechanical models. This paper argues that Cassirer's interest in the history of the energy principle and the energetic controversy is entangled with the main themes of his philosophy of physics up to the 1920s: the opposition between the a priori and the a posterior and the substance-concept and the function-concept These interwoven motifs are not always easy to disentangle. The paper suggests that Cassirer's interpretation of the energy principle can serve as a guiding thread that runs through Cassirer's philosophy of physics up to the 1920s.


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Giovanelli, Marcomarco.giovanelli@unito.it0000-0003-1342-6476
Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; Marburg neo-Kantianism; energetics; energy conservation ; substance-concept vs. function-concept; relativized a prioril; principles in physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Dr. Marco Giovanelli
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2023 23:36
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2023 23:36
Item ID: 22490
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal for the History of Philosophy
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2023.2206854
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 25 May 2023
ISSN: 1469-3526
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22490

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