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PSA 1974 pp 105-123 | Cite as

The erkenntnistheoretikers Dilemma: J. B. Stallo’s Attack on Atomism in His Concepts and Theories of Modern Physics (1881)

  • John V. Strong
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 32)

Abstract

Notable among the by-products of the late nineteenth-century controversies over the atomic theory of matter was the first full-scale contribution to the philosophy of science written in America,. John Bernard Stallo’s The Concepts and Theories of Modern Physics. The work of a lawyer and jurist largely self-trained in philosophy, its publication in 1881 provoked considerable (and mostly hostile) reaction1, for Stallo attacked atomism and mechanism at a time when scientists were still divided into vociferously opposing camps over the question of whether or not the ultimate structure of matter was atomic - indeed, were in sharp disagreement over even the utility of the hypothetical concept ’atom’ in physics and chemistry.2

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Modern Physic Methodological Criterion Atomic Hypothesis Classical Kinetic Theory Primary Constant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John V. Strong
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of Pittsburgh and Boston CollegeUSA

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