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Knowledge Missemination: L. Susan Stebbing, C.E.M. Joad, and Philipp Frank on the Philosophy of the Physicists (2020)


Science popularization might take different forms. In the early twentieth century, Sir James Jeans and Sir Arthur Eddington presented the most successful endeavors. Philosophers were highly unimpressed and disturbed by these popular works and various authors declared their disagreement with the physicists' philosophical books against their own philosophical background. I will discuss three different philosophers, L. Susan Stebbing, C. E. M. Joad, and Philipp Frank, whose three lines of criticism represent three different forms of philosophy, social engagement, and scientific outlook. What is interesting is that there was a point when the most diverse philosophers (of science) agreed in contrast of their common enemy, namely, those popularizing scientists that have their reputation and use it to propagate false, or at least misleading views about science, culture, and values. What we shall see is how far this agreement went among these figures and how the divergent strategies culminated in very similar results regarding knowledge dissemination.

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Authors & Contributors
Stanley, Matthew
Hayes, Emily
Whitworth, Michael H.
Uebel, Thomas E.
Stöltzner, Michael
Sponsel, Alistair William
British Journal for the History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Public Understanding of Science
Public Historian
Physics in Perspective
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Philosophy of science
Science and culture
Science and society
Eddington, Arthur Stanley
Jeans, James Hopwood
Mach, Ernst
Frank, Philipp
Einstein, Albert
Mises, Richard von
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain
Weimar Republic (1919-1933)
United States
Vienna Circle
Royal Institution of Great Britain

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