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Thiele (1963) and Blackmore (1972) contain exhaustive bibliographies of the German editions of Mach’s books, articles, newspaper writings, and correspondence. Mach’s archive is located in the Deutches Museum in Munich.

Floyd Ratliff’s Mach Bands, in addition to explicating the importance of Mach’s work in psychology to modern psychology, also contains translations of five critical articles written by Mach in 1865–68.

Primary Literature

Books in English Translation

[SG] Space and Geometry in the Light of Physiological, Psychological and Physical Inquiry. Trans. by T. J. McCormack, La Salle: Open Court, 1960.
[SM] The Science of Mechanics: A critical and Historical Account of its Development. Trans. by T. J. McCormack, La Salle: Open Court, 1960.
[PL] Popular Scientific Lectures. Trans. T. J. McCormack, La Salle: Open Court, 1986.
[KE] Knowledge and Error—Sketches on the Psychology of Enquiry. Trans. By T. J. McCormack & P. Fouldes, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1976.
[AS] The Analysis of Sensations and the Relation of the Physical to the Psychical. Trans. by C. M. Williams, La Salle: Open Court, 1984.
[PE] Principles of the Theory of Heat—Historically and Critically Elucidated. Trans. T. J. McCormack, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1986.

Critical Articles and Essays

[1890] “The Analysis of Sensations—Antimetaphysical.” Monist, 1: 48.
[1891] “Some Questions of Psycho-Physics.” Monist, 1: 394–400.
[1892] “Facts and Mental Symbols.” Monist, 2: 198.
[1906] “On Physiological, as Distinguished from Geometrical Space.” Monist, 11: 321.
[1908] “Über den Relativen Bildungswert der Philologischen und der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaften Unterrichtsfächer.” Vienna.
[1910] “The Guiding Principles of My Scientific Theory of Knowledge and Its Reception by My Contemporaries.” In S. Toulmin [1970].
[1910a] “Die Organisierung der Intelligenz.” Neue Freie Presse, July 24, Morgenblatt.
[1913] “Psychic and Organic Life.” Monist, 23: 1.
[1913a] “Selbstbiographie.” In Blackmore [1992].

Articles on Mach Bands, in Mach Bands, Ed. Floyd Ratliff.

[1865] “On the effect of the spatial distribution of the light stimulus on the retina.” 253–271.
[1866] “On the physiological effect of spatially distributed light stimuli.” 271–284.
[1866b] “On the physiological effect of spatially distributed light stimuli.” 285–298.
[1868] “On the physiological effect of spatially distributed light stimuli.” 299–306.
[1868b] “On the dependence of retinal points on one another.” 307–320.
[1906b] “On the influence of spatially and temporally varying light stimuli on visual perception.” 321–332.

Lectures in Popular Scientific Lectures, Open Court, 1986. These were lectures dating from 1863 to 1898. They were first published collectively in English in 1898.

  • The Forms of Liquids. 1–16.
  • The Fibres of Corti. 17–31.
  • On the Causes of Harmony. 32–47.
  • The Velocity of Light. 48–65.
  • Why Man has Two Eyes. 66–106
  • On Symmetry. 89–106.
  • On the Fundamental Concepts of Electrostatics. 107–136.
  • On the Principle of the Conservation of Energy. 137–185.
  • On the Economical Nature of Physical Inquiry. 186–214.
  • On Transformation and Adaptation in Scientific Thought. 214–235.
  • On the Principle of Comparison on Physics. 236–258.
  • On the Part Played by Accident in Invention and Discovery. 259–281.
  • On Sensations of Orientation. 282–309.
  • On Some Phenomena Attending the Flight of Projectiles. 309–337.
  • On Instruction in the Classics and the Mathematico-Physical Sciences. 238–274.

Secondary Literature

  • Arens, Katherine, 1985. “Mach’s Psychology of Investigation,” Journal of the History of Ideas, 21: 151–168. (Scholar)
  • Banks, Erik C., 2007. “Machian Elements and Psychophysical Relations” in S. Mori, et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, pp. 39–44, available online. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005. “Kant, Herbart and Riemann,” Kant-Studien, 96 (2): 208–234. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2004. “The Philosophical Roots of Ernst Mach’s Economy of Thought,” Synthese, 139 (1): 23–53. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2003. Ernst Mach’s World Elements: A Study in Natural Philosophy (Western Ontario Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Volume 68), Dordrecht: Klumer. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2002. “Ernst Mach’s ‘New Theory of Matter’ and his Definition of Mass,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 33 (4): 605–635. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2001. “Ernst Mach and the Episode of the Monocular Depth Sensations,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 37 (4): 327–348. (Scholar)
  • Blackmore, John T., 1972. Ernst Mach; his work, life, and influence, Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1978. “Three Autobiographical Manuscripts by Ernst Mach,” Annals of Science, 35: 401–418. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1992. Ernst Mach—a deeper look: documents and new perspectives (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Volume 143). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. (Scholar)
  • Blackmore, John T. & Klaus Hentschel, 1985. Ernst Mach als Aussenseiter: Machs Briefwechsel über Philosophie und Relativitätstheorie mit Persönlichkeiten seiner Zeit: Auszug aus dem letzten Notizbuch (Faksimile) von Ernst Mach. Vienna: W. Braumüller. (Scholar)
  • Blüh, Otto, 1970. “Ernst Mach—His Life as a Teacher and Thinker,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds.), Ernst Mach—Physicist and Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 274–290. (Scholar)
  • Boltzmann, Ludwig, 1900. “The Recent Development of Method in Theoretical Physics,” The Monist, 11: 226. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1901. “On the Necessity of Atomic Theories in Physics,” The Monist, 12: 65. (Scholar)
  • Brush, Stephen, 1968. “Mach and Atomism,” Synthese, 18: 192–215. (Scholar)
  • Bunge, Mario, 1966. “Mach’s Critique of Newtonian Mechanics,” American Journal of Physics, 34: 585–596. (Scholar)
  • Butler, Samuel, Marcus Hartog, Ewald Hering, and Eduard von Hartmann, 1910. Unconscious Memory, London: A. C. Fifield. (Scholar)
  • Capek, Mili, 1968. “Mach’s Biological Theory of Knowledge,” Synthese, 18: 171–191. (Scholar)
  • Carus, Paul, 1911. “Professor Mach and His Work,” Monist, 21: 19–42. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1916. “Professor Ernst Mach,” Monist, 30: 257. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, R. S., 1970. “Ernst Mach: Physics, Perception and the Philosophy of Science,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds), Ernst Mach—Physicist and Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 126–164. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, R.S., and R.J. Seeger, 1970. Ernst Mach, physicist and philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel. (Scholar)
  • D’Elia, Alfonsina, 1971. Ernst Mach, La Nouva Italia Editrice. (Scholar)
  • Dipert, Randall, 1973. “Peirce on Mach and Absolute Space,” Transaction of the C. S. Peirce Society, 9: 79–94. (Scholar)
  • Edgar, Scott, 2013. “The Limits of Experience and Explanation: F. A. Lange and Ernst Mach on Things in Themselves,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 21 (1): 100–121. (Scholar)
  • Feyerabend, Paul, 1984. “Mach’s Theory of Research and Its Relation to Einstein,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 15: 1–22. (Scholar)
  • Frank, Phillip, 1917. “The Importance of Ernst Mach’s Philosophy for Our Times,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger, Ernst Mach—Physicist and Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1970. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1949. “Einstein, Mach, and Logical Positivism,” in Paul Schilpp (ed.), Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist, Evanston: Tudor Publishing, 71–286. (Scholar)
  • Gampier, P., 1990. “Mach and Freud—A Comparison,” Zeitgeschichte, 17: 291–310. (Scholar)
  • Goe, George, 1981. “On a Criticism by Mach on Galileo,” Scientia, 116: 93–99. (Scholar)
  • Haller, Rudolf, 1982. “New Light on the Vienna Circle,” Monist, 65: 25–37. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982a. “Poetic Imagination and Economy: Ernst Mach as Theorist of Science,” in Agassi & Cohen (eds.), Scientific Philosophy Today: Essays in Honor of Mario Bunge, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 71–84. (Scholar)
  • Haller, Rudolf and Stadler, Friedrich, 1988. Ernst Mach—Werk und Wirkung, Vienna: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky. (Scholar)
  • Harman, P. M., 1982. Energy, force, and matter: the conceptual development of nineteenth-century physics (Cambridge History of Science), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Hatfield, Gary C., 1990. The natural and the normative: theories of spatial perception from Kant to Helmholtz, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (Scholar)
  • Heidelberger, Michael, 1993. Die innere Seite der Natur: Gustav Theodor Fechners wissenschaftlich-philosophische Weltauffassung, Philosophische Abhandlungen; V. Klostermann. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2004. Nature from Within: Gustav Fechner and His Psychophysical Worldview, Cynthia Klohr (trans.), Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. (Scholar)
  • Hentschel, Klaus, 1985. “On Feyerabend’s Version of ‘Mach’s Theory of Research and Its Relation to Einstein,” Studies in the History & Philosophy of Science, 16: 387–394. (Scholar)
  • Hering, Ewald, 1864. “On Memory as a General Function of Organized Matter,” in Samuel Butler (ed.), Unconscious Memory, London: Fifield, 1920. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1902. On memory and the specific energies of the nervous system, Chicago: Open Court. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1942. Spatial sense and movements of the eye, Baltimore: The American Academy of Optometry. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1977. The theory of binocular vision, Bruce Bridgeman & Lawrence Stark (trans.), New York: Plenum Press. (Scholar)
  • Hiebert, Erwin, 1967. “The Genesis of Mach’s Early Views on Atomism,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds.), Ernst Mach—Physicist and Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 79–106. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1968. “The Influence of Mach’s Thought on Science,” Philosophia Naruralis, 21: 598–615. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1970. “Mach’s Philosophical Use of History,” in Historical & Philosophical Perspectives on Science, 5: 184–213. Ed. R. Stuewer, University of Minnesota Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1976. “An Appraisal of the Work of Ernst Mach: Scientist-Historian-Philosopher,” in Machamer & Turnbull (eds.), Motion and Time Space and Matter, Columbus: Ohio State, 360–389. (Scholar)
  • Hintikka, Jaakko (ed.), 1968. “A Symposium on Ernst Mach,” Synthese, 18: 132–301. (Scholar)
  • Hoefer, Carl, 2014. “Mach’s Principle as Action-at-a-Distance in GR: The Causality Question,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics), 48 (2): 128–136. (Scholar)
  • Hoffmann, Dieter and Hubert Laitko (eds.), 1991. Ernst Mach: Studien und Dokumente zu Leben und Werk, Berlin: Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften. (Scholar)
  • Holton, Gerald, 1988. Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought, Cambridge, MA: Harvard. (Scholar)
  • Johnston, William, 1972. The Austrian Mind—An Intellectual and Social History 1848–1938, Berkeley: University California. (Scholar)
  • Kanizsa, Gaetano, 1979. Organization in vision: essays on Gestalt perception, New York: Praeger. (Scholar)
  • Laudan, Larry, 1976. “The Methodological Foundation of Mach’s Anti-Atomism and Their Historical Roots,” in Machamer & Turnbull (eds.), Motion and Time Space and Matter, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 205–225. (Scholar)
  • Machamer, Peter K. and Robert G. Turnbull, 1976. Motion and time, space and matter: interrelations in the history of philosophy and science, Columbus: Ohio State University Press. (Scholar)
  • Mathews, M., 1990. “Ernst Mach and Contemporary Science-Education Reforms,” International Journal of Science Education, 12: 317–325. (Scholar)
  • McGuinness, Brian, 1989. “Ernst Mach and His Influence on Austrian Thinkers,” in Gombocz, Rutte, & Sauer (eds.), Traditionen und Perspektiven der analytischen Philosophie, Vienna: Verlag Holder-Pichler-Tempsky, 149–156.. (Scholar)
  • McNulty, Karl, 1982. “James, Mach, and the Problem of Other Minds,” Transactions of the C.S.Peirce Society, 18: 244–254. (Scholar)
  • Menger, Karl, 1970. “Mathematical Implications of Mach’s Ideas: Positivist Geometry, the Clarification of Functional Connections,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds.), Ernst Mach: Physicist & Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 107–125. (Scholar)
  • Mises, Richard von, 1956. Positivism: A Study in Human Understanding, New York: George Braziller. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1970. “Ernst Mach and the Empiricist Conception of Science,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds.), Ernst Mach: Physicist & Philosopher, Dordrecht: D. Reidel. (Scholar)
  • Mulligan, Kevin & Smith, Barry, 1986. “Mach and Ehrenfels: The Foundations of Gestalt Theory,” in B. Smith (ed.), The Foundations of Gestalt Theory, Munich: Philosophia Verlag. (Scholar)
  • Murad, Hazim, 1990. Mach Revisited: A Reinterpretation of Mach’s Philosophy of Science and of his Opposition to Atomism, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Scholar)
  • Musil, Robert, 1982. On Mach’s Theories, K. Mulligan (trans.), Munich: Catholic University & Philosophia. (Scholar)
  • Peirce, Charles S., 1893. “Mach’s Science of Mechanics,” The Nation, 57: 251–252. (Scholar)
  • Planck, Max, [1909]. “The Unity of the Physical World picture,” in Toulmin [1970]. (Scholar)
  • –––, [1910]. “On Mach’s Theory of Physical Knowledge”. in Toulmin [1970]. (Scholar)
  • Pojman, Paul, 2009. “From Mach to Carnap: a tale of confusions”, in Michael Dickson and Mary Domski (eds.), Discourse on a New Method, Chicago: Open Court. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011. “The Influence of Biology and Psychology upon Physics: Ernst Mach Revisited”, in Perspectives on Science, 19 (2): 121–135. (Scholar)
  • Popper, Karl, 1953. “A Note on Berkeley as Precursor of Mach and Einstein,” In Conjectures and Refutations, New York: Harper. (Scholar)
  • Ratliff, Floyd, 1965. Mach Bands—Quantitative Studies on Neural Networks in the Retina, San Francisco: Holden-Day. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1970. “On Mach’s Contributions to the Analysis of Sensations,” in R. Cohen & R. Seeger (eds.) 1970. (Scholar)
  • Stadler, Friedrich and Haller, Rudolf, 1988. Ernst Mach—Werk und Wirkung. Vienna: Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky. (Scholar)
  • Stadler, Friedrich and Institut Wiener Kreis, 1993. Scientific philosophy: origins and developments (Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. (Scholar)
  • Stuewer, Roger H., 1970. Historical and philosophical perspectives of science (Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Volume 5). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (Scholar)
  • Swoboda, Wolfram, 1974. The Thought and Work of the Young Ernst Mach, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982. “Physics, Physiology, and Psychophysics,” Rivista di Filosofia, 73: 232–274. (Scholar)
  • Thiele, Joachim, 1963. “Ernst Mach: Bibliographie,” Centaurus, 8: 189–237. (Scholar)
  • Takata, Seiji, 1986. “A Textual comparison of all Four Editions of Mach’s Wärmelehre,” Historia Scientiarium, 32: 21–31. (Scholar)
  • Titchener, Edward, 1922. “Mach’s Lectures on Psychophysics,” American Journal of Psychology, 33: 213–22. (Scholar)
  • Toulmin, S. (ed.) 1970. Physical Reality: Philosophical Essays on 20th Century Physics, New York: Harper & Row. (Scholar)
  • Visser, Henk, 1982. “Wittgenstein’s Debt to Mach’s Popular Scientific Lectures,” Mind, 91: 102–105. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1984. “Mach’s influence on Wittgenstein’s later Philosophy,” in R. Haller & L. Gombocz (eds.), International Wittgenstein Syposium, Vienna: Verlag Holder-Pichler-Tempsky. (Scholar)
  • Wolters, Gereon, 1987. Mach I, Mach II, Einstein und die Relativitätstheorie: Eine Fälschung und ihre Folgen, Berlin: W. de Gruyter. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1989. “Phenomenalism, Relativity and Atoms: Rehabilitating Ernst Mach’s Philosophy of Science,” in J.E. Fenstad, I.T. Frolov, and R. Hilpinen (eds.), Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science VIII (Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, Moscow, 1987), Amsterdam: North Holland, 641–660. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2009. “Mach and Einstein, or, Clearing Troubled Waters in the History of Science”, in: J. Beckmann et al. (eds.), Einstein and the Changing World Views of Physics, 1905–2005 (Einstein Studies: Volume 12). Boston: Birkhäuser. (Scholar)
  • Wiener, Philip, 1949. Evolution and the Founders of Pragmatism, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Wilson, Catherine, 2014. “Mach, Musil, and Modernism,” The Monist, 97 (1): 138–155. (Scholar)
  • Yourgrau, Wolfgang and Alwyn van der Merve, 1990. “Did Ernst Mach ‘Miss the Target’?” Synthese, 18: 234–250. (Scholar)

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