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Empiricism and Opposition to Metaphysics

Helmholtz wrote only one long essay, Die Tatsachen in der Wahrnehmung (The facts of perception; 1878), that he explicitly considered to be in the field of philosophy. Most of his philosophy is contained in a number of short, popular essays and in the body of his various scientific works. The scientific works, however, contain frequent passages of philosophical importance and always show a clear awareness of philosophical issues. Furthermore, many of his papers on science and mathematics, such as those on the foundations of physics and mathematics, would now be included in the philosophy of science.

Helmholtz's philosophy was at all times closely related with his scientific investigations. One of the motives for the work that led to the paper Über die Erhaltung der Kraft was his desire to discredit vitalism as a scientific hypothesis and as a metaphysical...

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