Freitag, 17. Juni 2016, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Ernst Mach Centenary Conference

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) – Life, Work, and Influence

International Conference

on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Institute Vienna Circle


Under the Auspices of Heinz Engl (Rector of the University of Vienna) and Anton Zeilinger (President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Aula am Campus der Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2-4 / Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

Tagung, Konferenz, Kongress, Symposium

Weitere Termine

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2016, 09:00 - 18:00

Samstag, 18. Juni 2016, 09:00 - 18:00

Ernst Mach (1838-1916) ranks among the most significant natural scientists and philosophers of the 19th and 20th century. In physics paving the way for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and opposing Boltzmann’s Atomism, in biology, psychology and physiology pioneering with an empiricist and ‘gestalthaft’ “Analysis of Sensations”, in philosophy of science serving as a model for the Vienna Circle with the Ernst Mach Society as well as paving the way for an integrated history and theory of science. His influence extends far beyond the natural sciences – to the Vienna Medical School and psychoanalysis (R. Bárány, J. Breuer, S. Freud), to literature („Jung Wien“, R. Musil), to politics (F. Adler, Austro-Marxism and the Viennese adult education), to arts between Futurism and Minimal Art as well as to social sciences between the liberal school (J. Schumpeter, F.A.von Hayek) and empirical social research (P. Lazarsfeld und M. Jahoda). In today’s pedagogy, his genetic theory of learning is just as respected as his method in historical epistemology. Mach’s international impact already showed during his lifetime, in American Pragmatism (W. James) and French Conventionalism (P. Duhem, H. Poincaré).

On the occasion of the centenary of Ernst Mach’s death, the Institute Vienna Circle organizes an international symposium on the life, work and influence of this natural scientist and philosopher who worked at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences for many years and who exerted significant influence on several generations of scholars and scientists as well as of cultural and political agents. The main goal is a critical inventory of Mach’s lifework in line with state-of-the-art research and historiography – not least supported by the Ernst Mach Studienausgabe (study edition) and the workin the framework of the newly established Commission for the History and Philosophy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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Institut Wiener Kreis und Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

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Early registration

(30. April 2016)

Regular registration: EUR 90,--

Stundent registration: EUR 45,--

Late registration (01. Mai - 14. Mai 2016)

Regular registration: EUR 120

Student registration: EUR 60,--


Sabine Koch
Fakultät für Philosophie und Bildungswissenschaft
Institut Wiener Kreis
+43 1 4277-41229