By Ernst Mach
Erkenntnis und Irrtum. Skizzen zur Psychologie der Forschung. Von E. MACH Emer. Professor an der Unlversltlt Wlen. LEIPZIG Verlag von Johann Ambrosius Barth 1905. creation XIII On a couple of events Mach expressed the sentiment, specially in his correspondence, that the US was once the land of highbrow freedom and chance, the arriving frontier for a brand new radical empiricism that will support to scrub metaphysics out of philosophy. In 1901 he subsidized the German version of suggestions and Theories of contemporary Physics (1881) 2 via J. B. Stallo, Cincinnati attorney and thinker. Mach warmly counseled Stallo's booklet simply because his clinical goals so heavily approximated his personal, and since Stallo rejected the latent metaphysical parts and hid ontological assumptions of the mechanical-atomistic inter pretation of the realm. the second one version of Wiirmelehre used to be devoted to Stallo in 1900. The fourth version of Populiir-wissenschaftliche Vorlesungen (1910), containing seven new essays, was once devoted to Harvard Professor of body structure, philosophY, and psychology, William James. Mach had a robust highbrow affinity for James' pragmatism simply because, like himself, he well-known that James had come to noticeably empirical perspectives from technological know-how. either males took natural pre-conceptualized adventure, from which the psychological and actual predicates of expertise are composed, to be impartial instead of actual, unreal, target or subjective.
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Remember that nothing can become the object of experience or science unless it can in some way enter consciousness. A clear recognition of this fact enables us to choose now the psychological, now the physical, approach as starting point, according to need and goal of the enquiry. One who thinks that because he has recognized his own ego as the medium of all knowledge he may no longer infer the ego of others by analogy thus likewise falls victim to a strange though widespread systematic superstition.
For me the physical and the mental are essentially identical, immediately familiar and given, and different only as to the mode of viewing. This mode and therefore the distinction can supervene only with higher mental development and ampler experience. Prior to this the physical and the mental are indistinguishable. For me a scientific effort is lost if it does not keep firm hold on the immediately given, if, instead of investigating the connections between the characteristics of the given, it fishes somewhere in vacuo.
Schuppe's excellent polemical passages against Ueberweg (Brasch, Welt- und Lebensanschauung F. Ueberwegs, Leipzig 1889). 6 The account in sns. 5-8 has seemed to some readers to depart from that in A. However, this is not so. Without changing the essence of my account, I have adopted this form merely to make allowance for the reticence of scientists, above all as regards anything touching on psycho-monism. Besides, it is indifferent to me what name is given to my point of view. 7 Decomposition into what I have here called elements is hardly conceivable at the quite naive level of primitive man who, like animals, probably takes the bodies in his surroundings as a whole without separating the contributions from the separate senses which are given to him only as a whole.
Knowledge and Error: Sketches on the Psychology of Enquiry by Ernst Mach