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Nature From Within

Gustav Theodor Fechner And His Psychophysical Worldview

Michael Heidelberger


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Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887) was a German physicist, psychologist, and philosopher, best known to historians of science as the founder of psychophysics, the experimental study of the relation between mental and physical processes. Michael Heidelberger's exhaustive exploration of Fechner's writings, in relation to current issues in the field, successfully reestablishes Fechner's place in the history and philosophy of science.

Praise For Nature From Within: Gustav Theodor Fechner And His Psychophysical Worldview

"A brilliant book. . . . No historian of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German science and philosophy can afford to ignore it." —British Journal for the History of Science

“A clear, comprehensive, and rigorous treatment of the philosophical basis for Fechner’s thought, including, importantly, the way in which he was able to reconcile apparently divergent intellectual themes in his philosophical and scientific writing.” —Isis

“Almost mandatory reading as it provides many new historical insights that are quite significant for contemporary philosophy of science.” —Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822965473, 456pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 2018

About the Author

Michael Heidelberger, emeritus professor of logic and philosophy at the University of Tübingen, is the author of numerous works on the philosophy of science.

Cynthia Klohr (translator) taught philosophy for many years at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. She has translated books in philosophy, psychology, the history and theory of science, human rights, music, and cultural history.