Erwin Schrödinger’s World View

The Dynamics of Knowledge and Reality

  • Johann Götschl

Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Johann Götschl, Werner Leinfellner
      Pages 1-14
  3. Contributors

    1. Johann Götschl
      Pages 15-17
  4. Erwin Schrödinger - A Biographical Sketch

    1. Johann Götschl, Günther A. Höfler
      Pages 19-22
  5. Physics in the Philosophical System of Erwin Schrödinger

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Herbert Pietschmann
      Pages 35-39
  6. Life Sciences and the Theories of Self in Erwin Schrödinger’s Philosophical System

  7. Erwin Schrödinger’s World View and His Philosophical System

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 183-239

About this book


Erwin Schrödinger is one of the greatest figures of theoretical physics, but there is another side to the man: not only did his work revolutionize physics, it also radiacally changed the foundations of our modern worldview, modern biology, philosophy of science, philosophy of the mind, and epistemology.
This book explores the lesser-known aspects of Schrödinger's thought, revealing the physicist as a philosopher and polymath whose highly original ideas anticipated the current merging of the natural and the social sciences and the humanities.
Thirteen renowned scientists and philosophers have contributed to the volume. Part I reveals the philosophical importance of Schrödinger's work as a physicist. Part II examines his theory of life and of the self-organization of matter. Part III shows how Schrödinger's ideas have influenced contemporary philosophy of nature and our modern view of the world, drawing a fascinating picture of the ongoing synthesis of nature and culture: one of the most interesting developments of modern thought.
The volume also contains the most comprehensive bibliography of Schrödinger's scientific work, making it at the same time a book of acute contemporary relevance and a major work of reference.


Philosophy of Science epistemology evolution idea knowledge mind quantum mechanics science

Editors and affiliations

  • Johann Götschl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of GrazViennaAustria

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