Émile Meyerson

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Émile Meyerson
Born 12 February 1859
Lublin, Kingdom of Poland
Died 2 December 1933
Paris, France
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Epistemological realism
Main interests
History and philosophy of science, epistemology, general relativity
Notable ideas
Principle of lawfulness, principle of causality

Émile Meyerson (French: [mɛjɛʁsɔn]; 12 February 1859 – 2 December 1933) was a Polish-born French epistemologist, chemist, and philosopher of science. Meyerson was born in Lublin, Poland. He died in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 74.

Meyerson was educated in Germany and studied chemistry under Robert Wilhelm Bunsen. In 1882 Meyerson settled in Paris. He served as foreign editor of the Havas news agency, and later as the director of the Jewish Colonization Association for Europe and Asia Minor. He became a naturalized French citizen after World War I.

Thomas Kuhn cites Meyerson's work as influential while developing the ideas for his main work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.


  • Identité et réalité (1908)
  • De lexplication dans les sciences, 2 Vols. (1921)
  • La déduction relativiste (1925)
  • Du cheminement de la pensée, 3 Vols. (1931)
  • Réel et déterminisme dans la physique quantique (1933)
  • Essais (1936)

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  1. ^ Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition, University of Chicago Press, 2012, p. xl.

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