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Looking for Routes in Mach’s Epistemology

Looking for Routes in Mach’s Epistemology

Isabel Serra and Elisa Maia, “Looking for Routes in Mach’s Epistemology,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 1 (2018): 173–96, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_1_0173

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Looking for Routes in Mach’s Epistemology

Type Journal Article
Author Isabel Serra
Author Elisa Maia
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 1
Pages 173-196
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_1_0173
Language English
Abstract The epistemological thinking of Ernst Mach has roots in the transformations of the life sciences that took place in the 19th century. This fact was the starting point for analyzing his ideas about knowledge that were developed in several fundamental works, namely The Science of Mechanics and The Analysis of Sensations. In this study we intend to highlight the biological roots of Mach’s thinking, taking the routes he chose in his approaches to the themes “instinctive knowledge”, “biological origin of knowledge” and “economy of thought” and find in them some relevant aspects of his epistemology.
Date Added 26/04/2018, 14:53:50
Modified 26/04/2018, 15:50:41


  • biological origin of knowledge,
  • economy of thought,
  • instinctive knowledge,
  • Mach’s epistemology


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