|Born||12 February 1859
Lublin, Kingdom of Poland
|Died||2 December 1933 (aged 74)
|Alma mater||University of Heidelberg|
|School||French historical epistemology
|History and philosophy of science, epistemology, general relativity|
|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 at the University of Heidelberg 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.
In La Déduction relativiste, Meyerson expressed the view that Einstein's general theory of relativity was a new version of the identification of matter with space, which he considered "the postulate upon which the whole (Cartesian) system rests."
- 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)
- Donald Broady, "The epistemological tradition in French sociology", 1996.
- Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1970 (2nd ed.), p. 44.
- Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition, University of Chicago Press, 2012, p. xl.
- Quoted in Arthur O. Lovejoy, The Revolt against Dualism: An Inquiry Concerning the Existence of Ideas (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1996), p. 5; Lovejoy's translation [orig. publ. 1930].
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Miguel Espinoza, "Meyerson, Physics and the Intelligibility of Nature"
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