David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 119 (1-2):45-68 (1999)
The energetics controversy is understood variously as energy vs. atoms, thermodynamics vs. statistical mechanics, phenomenalism vs. realism, equations vs. pictures, and especially Ostwald vs. Boltzmann. It is generally thought that at Lübeck in 1895 Boltzmann and Planck demolished energetics, but while its momentum was slowed, energetics in one or more of the above senses still retained supporters as late as the great physics conference at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Indeed, after Ostwald himself abandoned it in 1908, Ernst Mach began for the first time to defend it. The main emphasis in this paper, however, is on Georg Helm (1851–1923) who had been invited to Lübeck to be the main speaker on energetics. He had adopted his position earlier than Ostwald and his views avoided many of the errors and oversights in Ostwald’s approach. Indeed, Helm could be called the strongest defender of energetics, even if Ostwald was Boltzmann’s main target. Helm was largely Machist in philosophy at that time and did not reify energy.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Marij van Strien (2013). The Nineteenth Century Conflict Between Mechanism and Irreversibility. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):191-205.
Similar books and articles
Henk Visser (1999). Boltzmann and Wittgenstein or How Pictures Became Linguistic. Synthese 119 (1-2):135-156.
Gustav Jäger, Josef Nabl & Stephan Meyer (1999). Three Assistants on Boltzmann. Synthese 119 (1-2):69-84.
John Blackmore (1999). Boltzmann and Epistemology. Synthese 119 (1-2):157-189.
Henk W. de Regt (1999). Ludwig Boltzmann's Bildtheorie and Scientific Understanding. Synthese 119 (1-2):113-134.
Wilhelm Ostwald (1907). The Modern Theory of Energetics. The Monist 17 (4):481-515.
R. J. Deltete (2007). Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 1: Origins and Motivations. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 9 (1):3-56.
Juan Ignacio GÓMez Tutor (2004). Die Atomistik Bei Ludwig Boltzmann. Zur Wissenschaftlichen Und Philosophischen Bedeutung Einer Kontroversen Position Am Ende Des 19. Jahrhunderts. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 35 (2):371 - 384.
R. J. Deltete (2007). Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 2: Energetic Theory and Applications, Part I. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 9 (3):265-316.
Robert J. Deltete (2008). Wilhelm Ostwald's Energetics 3: Energetic Theory and Applications, Part II. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 10 (3):187-221.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads17 ( #101,887 of 1,100,143 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #90,386 of 1,100,143 )
How can I increase my downloads?