Experience and Prediction: An Analysis of the Foundations and the Structure of Knowledge

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Experience and Prediction: An Analysis of the Foundations and the Structure of Knowledge

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Hans Reichenbach (1891-1953) was a formidable figure in early-twentieth-century philosophy of science. Educated in Germany, he was influential in establishing the so-called Berlin Circle, a companion group to the Vienna Circle founded by his colleague Rudolph Carnap. The movement they founded–usually known as “logical positivism,” although it is more precisely known as “scientific philosophy” or “logical empiricism”–was a form of epistemology that privileged scientific over metaphysical truths. Reichenbach, like other young philosophers of the exact sciences of his generation, was deeply impressed by the far-reaching changes in physics brought about by Einstein s special and general theories of relativity. Reichenbach responded to scientific advances by doing fundamental work in space-time theories, in quantum mechanics, in statistical mechanics, and in the development of probability theory–making him the most important philosopher of physics in the first generation of logical empiric