Ernst Mach Centenary Conference 2016

June 16-18, 2016, University of Vienna

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence: An International Conference, University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences. The Call for Papers and other information is available at:

Questions can be directed to the local organizer Friedrich Stadler:

Mach’s reputation as a preeminent physicist, historian and philosopher needs no elaboration. Unfortunately Mach’s sterling and insightful work as an educator, both a theorist and practitioner, is not as well-known in the Anglo-American community as it deserves to be. He was one of the foremost contributors to the Enlightenment Tradition in education, and more specifically in science education; however if known at all, his work is often dismissed in the more general trite dismissal of all things positivist.

Conference papers will be in the following sections:

  1. Ernst Mach’s Life and Work in Context
  2. Mach as a Physicist and the Physicists of his Time: Planck, Boltzmann, Einstein …
  3. Mach, Biology, and the Life Sciences: Darwinism, Lamarckism, Theory of Evolution
  4. Mach and Physiology, Psychology, Psychoanalysis
  5. Mach and the Medical Sciences, esp. the Vienna School of Medicine
  6. Mach and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS, Historical Epistemology)
  7. Mach, Didactics, and Pedagogy: Textbooks, Genetic Theory of Learning
  8. Mach and „Austrian Philosophy“: F. Brentano, E. Husserl, L. Wittgenstein, K. Popper
  9. Mach and the Vienna Circle/Ernst Mach Society, esp. M. Schlick (1882-1936).
  10. Mach and Pragmatism: Ch.S. Peirce, W. James, J. Dewey and The Monist
  11. Mach, the Social Sciences, and Politics (W.I. Lenin, F. Adler and Austro-Marxism)
  12. Mach, Literature, Music, and the Arts (Impressionism, „Jung Wien”, R. Musil etc.)
  13. Open Section: Topics not covered above

Special Symposium: “E. Mach, P. Duhem and French Philosophy of Science. On the Occasion of the Centenary of Pierre Duhem’s Death (1861-1916)”

Posted: January 13, 2016