Translation of Boris Hessen’s “Preface to Articles by A. Einstein and J.J. Thomson”

Translation of Boris Hessen’s “Preface to Articles by A. Einstein and J.J. Thomson” Sean Winkler Abstract. The following is a translation of Boris Hessen‟s «Предисловие к статьям А. Эйнштейна и Дж. Дж. Томсона», which was published in the Soviet Journal, Под знаменем марксизма.1 The paper was an introduction to the Russian translations of Albert Einstein‟s […]

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Boris Hessen and Newton’s God

Boris Hessen and Newton’s God Ioannis Trisokkas Abstract. A significant thread in Boris Hessen‟s iconic essay, The Social and Economic Roots of Newton’s Principia (1931), is his critique of Newton‟s involving God in his physics. Contra Newton, Hessen believes that nature does not need God in order to function properly. Hessen gives two, quite distinct, […]

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Boris Hessen at the Crossroads of Science and Ideology. From International Circulation to the Soviet Context

Boris Hessen at the Crossroads of Science and Ideology. From International Circulation to the Soviet Context Gerardo Ienna Giulia Rispoli Abstract. This article is based on a joint endeavor. The first part introduces Hessen‘s theses and reconstructs their reception from the 1930s to the most contemporary research in Science and Technology Studies in an attempt […]

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Boris Hessen as Philosopher and Polemicist. Ideology, Politics and the New Physics in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s

Boris Hessen as Philosopher and Polemicist. Ideology, Politics and the New Physics in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s Paul Josephson Abstract. Boris Hessen, a Soviet philosopher and physicist active in the 1920s and 1930s, made significant contributions to the history of science, in particular the so-called externalist approach, and to the development […]

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LOCKE AND DESCARTES ON MENTAL TRANSPARENCY

  LOCKE AND DESCARTES ON MENTAL TRANSPARENCY Philipp N. MÜLLER The transparency thesis – i.e. the doctrine that every mental state is necessarily conscious – was a widespread view in early modern philosophy. In this paper, I inquire into the role of mental transparency in the philosophies of John Locke and René Descartes. I begin […]

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MEMORY, RECOLLECTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN SPINOZA’S ETHICS

  MEMORY, RECOLLECTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN SPINOZA’S ETHICS Olivér István TÓTH Spinoza’s account of memory has not received enough attention, even though it is relevant for his theory of consciousness. Recent literature has studied the “pancreas problem.” This paper argues that there is an analogous problem for memories: if memories are in the mind, why […]

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INTELLECTUAL MEMORY AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN DESCARTES’S PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

  INTELLECTUAL MEMORY AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN DESCARTES’S PHILOSOPHY OF MIND Dániel SCHMAL Although Descartes’s ideas regarding consciousness and memory have been studied extensively, few attempts have been made to address their systemic relations. In order to redress this deficiency, I argue in favor of three interrelated theses. The first is that intellectual memory has a […]

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