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  1. Matthias Neuber, Carnap's Aufbau and the Early Schlick.
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  2. Matthias Neuber, Feigl, Sellars, and the Idea of a 'Pure Pragmatics'.
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  3. Matthias Neuber (forthcoming). Ostwald, Weber und die 'energetischen Grundlagen' der Kulturwissenschaft. In Gerhard Wagner & Claudius Härpfer (eds.), Max Webers vergessene Zeitgenossen. Studien zur Genese der Wissenschaftslehre. Harrassowitz Verlag..
    Wilhelm Ostwald’s program of a physical energetics is the attempt at a comprehensive description of nature on the basis of the concept of energy. In his book Energetische Grundlagen der Kulturwissenschaft, first published in 1909, Ostwald applies this conception to the area of culture. His central assumption is that cultural phenomena should be described by the energetic notion of “efficiency relation” (Güteverhältnis). His systematic thesis is that science, when organized according to the Machian “principle of economy,” proves as the highest (...)
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  4. Matthias Neuber (forthcoming). Realistic Claims in Logical Empiricism. In Uskali Mäki, Stéphanie Ruphy, Gerhard Schurz & Ioannis Votsis (eds.), Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science: EPSA13 Helsinki. Springer.
    Logical empiricism is commonly seen as a counter-position to scientific realism. In the present paper it is shown that there indeed existed a realist faction within the logical empiricist movement. In particular, I shall point out that at least four types of realistic arguments can be distinguished within this faction: Reichenbach’s ‘probabilistic argument,’ Feigl’s ‘pragmatic argument,’ Hempel’s ‘indispensability argument,’ and Kaila’s ‘invariantist argument.’ All these variations of arguments are intended to prevent the logical empiricist agenda from the shortcomings of radical (...)
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  5. Matthias Neuber (forthcoming). Schlick und die "Wende der Philosophie" - Vom kritischen Realismus zum logischen Empirismus. In , Husserl, Cassirer, Schlick: "Wissenschaftliche Philosophie" Im Spannungsfeld von Phänomenologie, Neukantianismus Und Logischem Empirismus. Springer.
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  6. Matthias Neuber & Jonathan Dittrich (eds.) (forthcoming). Husserl, Cassirer, Schlick: "Wissenschaftliche Philosophie" Im Spannungsfeld von Phänomenologie, Neukantianismus Und Logischem Empirismus. Springer.
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  7. Matthias Neuber (2014). Critical Realism in Perspective - Remarks on a Neglected Current in Neo-Kantian Epistemology. In Maria Carla Galavotti, Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao J. Gonzales, Stephan Hartmann, Thomas Uebel & Marcel Weber (eds.), The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective: New Directions in the Philosophy of Science. Springer. 657-673.
    Critical realism is a frequently mentioned, but not very well-known, late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century philosophical tradition. Having its roots in Kantian epistemology, critical realism is best characterized as a revisionist approach toward the original Kantian doctrine. Its most outstanding thesis is the idea that Kantian things-in-themselves are knowable. This idea was—at least implicitly—suggested by thinkers such as Alois Riehl, Wilhelm Wundt, and Oswald Külpe. Interestingly enough, the philosophical position of the early Moritz Schlick stands in the critical realist tradition as well. (...)
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  8. Matthias Neuber (ed.) (2014). Fiktion Und Fiktionalismus - Beiträge Zu Hans Vaihingers "Philosophie des Als Ob". Königshausen & Neumann.
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  9. Matthias Neuber (2014). Is Logical Empiricism Compatible with Scientific Realism? In Maria Carla Galavotti, Elisabeth Nemeth & Friedrich Stadler (eds.), European Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Science in Europe and the Vienna Heritage. Springer. 249-262.
    Scientific realism is the view that the theoretical entities of science exist. Atoms, forces, electromagnetic fields, and so on, are not merely instruments for organizing observational data but are real and causally effective. This view seems to be hardly compatible with the logical empiricist agenda: As common wisdom has it, logical empiricism is mainly characterized by a strong verification criterion of meaning, i.e., by the project of defining the meaning of theoretical terms by virtue of the meaning of purely observational (...)
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  10. Matthias Neuber (2014). Review Don Ross, James Ladyman, Harold Kincaid (eds.): Scientific Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 68:426-430.
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  11. Matthias Neuber (2013). Braucht die theoretische Physik den religiösen Glauben? Neo-Scholastik und Positivismus in der Dritten Republik. Revue de Synthèse 134:221-247.
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  12. Matthias Neuber (2013). David J. Chalmers: Constructing the World. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 68:648-652.
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  13. Matthias Neuber (2013). Treffpunkt Struktur - Cassirer, Schlick und Carnap. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 95 (2):206-233.
    Structure is the connecting link between the early epistemologies of Cassirer, Schlick, and Carnap. However, there are important programmatic differences among Cassirer’s, Schlick’s, and Carnap’s articulations of the structuralistic point of view. Whereas Cassirer hoped to argue in favor of an ‚idealist‘ and Schlick in favor of a ‚realist‘ conception of structure, Carnap thought it possible to remain neutral in this respect. I will argue that Carnap’s approach, though at first sight promising, was doomed to failure precisely because of its (...)
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  14. Matthias Neuber (2013). Torsten Wilholt: Die Freiheit der Forschung: Begrenzungen Und Begründungen. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 44 (2):397-399.
    Torsten Wilholt’s book on the freedom of research is a remarkable contribution to a long-standing debate over an issue which is becoming increasingly important today. As Wilholt points out in the preface, the topic ‘freedom of research’ has a twofold face: On the one hand, freedom of research is the presupposition of an engaged and unprejudiced search for knowledge; on the other hand, it implies the risk of borderless and ‘untamed’ research. In considering this contradiction, Wilholt makes recourse to the (...)
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  15. Matthias Neuber (2012). Die Grenzen des Revisionismus: Schlick, Cassirer Und Das "Raumproblem". Springer.
    "Die Grenzen des Revisionismus" befasst sich mit den erkenntnis- und wissenschafttheoretischen Positionen des frühen Moritz Schlick und des frühen Ernst Cassirer.
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  16. Matthias Neuber (2012). Friedrich Stadler (Hg.): Vertreibung, Transformation und Rückkehr der Wissenschaftstheorie. Am Beispiel von Rudolf Carnap und Wolfgang Stegmüller. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (1):203-206.
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  17. Matthias Neuber (2012). Helmholtz's Theory of Space and its Significance for Schlick. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (1):163 - 180.
    Helmholtz's theory of space had significant impact on Schlick's early ?critical realist? point of view. However, it will be argued in this paper that Schlick's appropriation of Helmholtz's ideas eventually lead to a rather radical transformation of the original Helmholtzian position.
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  18. Matthias Neuber (2012). Invariance, Structure, Measurement – Eino Kaila and the History of Logical Empiricism. Theoria 78 (4):358-383.
    Eino Kaila's thought occupies a curious position within the logical empiricist movement. Along with Hans Reichenbach, Herbert Feigl, and the early Moritz Schlick, Kaila advocates a realist approach towards science and the project of a “scientific world conception”. This realist approach was chiefly directed at both Kantianism and Poincaréan conventionalism. The case in point was the theory of measurement. According to Kaila, the foundations of physical reality are characterized by the existence of invariant systems of relations, which he called structures. (...)
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  19. Matthias Neuber (2012). Realism as a Problem of Language–From Carnap to Reichenbach and Kaila. In R. Creath (ed.), Rudolf Carnap and the Legacy of Logical Empiricism. Springer Verlag. 37--56.
    Rudolf Carnap’s role in the debate over scientific realism is fairly unclear. In a certain sense, Carnap must be regarded as the one who rendered the whole issue irrelevant. However, it cannot be ignored that Carnap sometimes spoke of himself as an ‘empirical realist.’ So the question to be answered is: in what sense, if at all, did Carnap play a constructive role in the scientific realism debate. It is the aim of the present paper to tackle this question by (...)
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  20. Matthias Neuber (2012). Volker Kruse, Uwe Barrelmeyer: Max Weber. Eine Einführung. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 65 (4):312-318.
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  21. Matthias Neuber (2011). Dogmenfreiheit als Prinzip? Neuere Literatur zum logischen Empirismus. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 65 (1):96-114.
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  22. Matthias Neuber (2011). Feigl's 'Scientific Realism'. Philosophy of Science 78 (1):165-183.
  23. Matthias Neuber (2011). Michael Esfeld und Christian Sachse: Kausale Strukturen. Einheit und Vielfalt in der Natur und den Naturwissenschaften. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science 42 (2):415-419.
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  24. Matthias Neuber (2011). Raum-Zeit. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 65 (3).
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  25. Matthias Neuber (2011). Two Forms of Transcendental Revisionism.'Scientific Philosophy'in the Early Thought of Ernst Cassirer and Moritz Schlick. Kant-Studien 102 (4).
  26. Matthias Neuber (2011). Zwei Formen des transzendentalen Revisionismus. ‚Wissenschaftliche Philosophie' beim frühen Ernst Cassirer und beim frühen Moritz Schlick. Kant-Studien 102 (4):455-476.
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  27. Matthias Neuber & Regina Schidel (2011). Günther Kebeck/Henning Schroll-Experimentelle Ästhetik. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 64 (4):253.
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  28. Regina Schidel & Matthias Neuber (2011). Matthias Koßler (Hg.)-Musik als Wille und Welt. Schopenhauers Philosophie der Musik. Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 64 (4):349.
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  29. Matthias Neuber (2010). Philosophie der modernen Physik - Philipp Frank und Abel Rey. Grazer Philosophische Studien 80 (1):131-149.
    The aim of this paper is to show that the French philosopher and historian of science Abel Rey played a more influential role in the formative phase of the Vienna Circle than hitherto supposed. On the whole, it will be argued that Rey's contribution had political impact. His interpretation of "modern physics" in 1907 in the face of the alleged "bankruptcy of science" should be appreciated as a masterpiece of applied enlightenment thought. As such, it was especially paradigmatic for Philipp (...)
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  30. Matthias Neuber (2009). Carsten Seck: Theorien und tatsachen. Eine untersuchung zur wissenschaftstheoriegeschichtlichen charakteristik der theoretischen philosophie Des frühen Moritz Schlick. [REVIEW] Journal for General Philosophy of Science 40 (2):399-401.
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  31. Matthias Neuber (2008). Naturphilosophie als Metaphysik der Natur. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 62 (3).
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  32. Matthias Neuber (2008). Rezension von Esfeld 2008. Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 62:457-461.
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  33. Matthias Neuber (2003). Theoriebeladenheit und Objektivität. Zur Rolle von Beobachtungen in den Naturwissenschaften. [REVIEW] Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 57 (2).
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  34. Matthias Neuber (2002). Physics Without Pictures? The Ostwald-Boltzmann Controversy, and Mach's (Unnoticed) Middle-Way. In M. Heidelberger F. Stadler (ed.), History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives. Springer. 185-198.
    It is a common view in cognitive psychology that there is a fundamental difference between what may be called descriptive information, on the one hand, and depictive information, on the other. While the first kind of information is — ideally spoken — non-pictorial and usually equated with the content of a proposition, the second kind of information is pictorial by defmition and accordingly equated with the content of a mental image. Granting the correctness of this distinction, cognitive scientists differ on (...)
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