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Nature From Within
Gustav Theodor Fechner and His Psychophysical Worldview
Heidelberger, Michael, Klohr, Cynthia
Translated from German, this exhaustive exploration of Fechner’s impact on philosophy and science is an invaluable historical text.

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Michael Heidelberger, professor of philosophy at the University of Tübingen, is the author of numerous works on the philosophy of science.
Cynthia Klohr taught philosophy for many years at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. She has translated books in philosophy, psychology, the history and theory of science, human rights, music, and cultural history.
"A brilliant book. . . . No historian of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German science and philosophy can afford to ignore it."—British Journal for the History of Science

"A clear, comprehensive, and rigorous treatment of the philosophical basis for Fechner’s thought, including, importantly, the way in which he was able to reconcile apparently divergent intellectual themes in his philosophical and scientific writing."—Isis

"Almost mandatory reading as it provides many new historical insights that are quite significant for contemporary philosophy of science."—Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook

"An excellent introduction to the life and work of Gustav Theodor Fechner, perhaps the major link between late Enlightenment science and philosophy and that of the early twentieth century."—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

“This superb translation is revised and enlarged from the 1993 German edition, which was acclaimed as one of the finest and most useful studies of 19th-century thought. For the English version, the same accolades apply. . . . Nature from Within is mandatory reading for psychologists, philosophers, and historians of ideas. . . . Highly recommended.”—J.R. Shook, Oklahoma State University Choice, October 2004 issue

“Not very many exemplars of this genre get translated, and perhaps often justifiedly so. In Heidelberger’s case there were excellent reasons for producing an English version. The impressive 66-page bibliography at the end of the volume is in itself a joy to study.”—Philosophy in Review, Aug-Dec 2004

“From Fechner to Peirce and Freud--Heidelberger explains the context and influence of Fechner's ideas on indeterminism, self-organization, psychophysics, and freedom. . . . A highly informative and comprehensive book about one of the most original and uncompromising thinkers of the nineteenth century.”—Gerd Gigerenzer, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

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Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887) was a German physicist, psychologist, and philosopher, best known to historians of science as the founder of psychophysics, the experimental study of the relation between mental and physical processes. Michael Heidelberger's exhaustive exploration of Fechner's writings, in relation to current issues in the field, successfully reestablishes Fechner's place in the history and philosophy of science.


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