By Émile Meyerson (auth.)

Emile Meyerson's writings at the philosophy of technology are a wealthy resource of rules and data touching on many philosophical and ancient features of the advance of modem technology. Meyerson's works should not generally learn or mentioned this present day by means of philosophers or perhaps philosophers of technology, partially simply because they've got lengthy been out of print and are usually now not on hand even in learn libraries. There are extra chevaux de !rise for all however the hardiest students: Meyerson's books are written in French (and don't all exist in English types) and take care of the subject material of technological know-how - principles or thoughts, legislation or ideas, theories - and epis­ temological questions instead of modern day extra trendy themes of the social matrix and exterior affects on technological know-how with the concomitant forget of the highbrow content material of technological know-how. Born in Lublin, Poland, in 1859, Meyerson bought so much of his schooling in Germany, the place he studied from the age of 12 to 23, getting ready himself for a occupation in chemistry. ! He moved to Paris in 1882, the place he all started a profession as an business chemist. altering his career, he then labored for a time because the international information editor of the HAVAS information company in Paris. In 1898 he joined the organisation tested through Edmond Rothschild that had as its function the settling of Jews in Palestine and have become the Director of the Jewish Colonization organization for Europe and Asia Minor. those actions characterize Meyerson's formal career.

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Without speaking of Thales, who saw it as the prime substance from which all others were derived, water was of course considered for centuries to be an element. The discovery of its composition was the turning point in Lavoisier's fIght against the advocates of phlogiston, but in spite of experimental proofs to which the genius of this incomparable THE CONCEPT OF THING 15 man lent a well-nigh irresistible demonstrative force, people had so much difficulty renouncing the idea that water had to be an element that in 1798, fifteen years after these experiments, the noted chemist Baume was still able to speak of the "alleged decomposition and recomposition of water" (see below, Appendix 2, p.

Alcan, 1926) [Identity and Reality, trans. Kate Loewenberg (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1930)]. MICHELET, Karl: Foreword to Naturphilosophie: Foreword to Hegel's Die Naturphilosophie, in Hegel, Werke, Vol. 7, Pt. 1 [7d [Hegel's Philosophy of Nature, trans. J. Petry (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1970), 1:179-190]. PASCAL, Blaise: Pensees: Pensees et opuscules, ed. Brunschvicg (Paris: Hachette, 1917) [Pensees, trans. J. Krailsheimer (Baltimore: Penguin, 1966)]. PLITT, Gustaf Leopold: Aus Schelling's Leben: Aus Schelling's Leben in Briefen (Leipzig: G.

Indeed, on one hand science is defined as a collection of rules designed to facilitate prediction and based on experience, on the phenomena that are known to us, and on the other hand we are expressly forbidden to seek out what lies behind these phenomena. Obviously then, all that remains is to connect the phenomena themselves directly to one another, that is to say - since here the term phenomenon can only be synonymous with the term sensation, by reason of the repudiation of all search for causes - that what one must really seek is relations between sensations taken as pure, deprived of· all ontology.

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