The Perspectival Realist Features of Ernst Mach’s Critical Epistemology

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This paper has a twofold aim. On the one hand, it explores the extent to which Mach was inspired by Kant’s approach to philosophical inquiry and tried to further elaborate it through his historico-critical method for enlightening scientific knowledge claims. On the other hand, it argues that the focus on the situated character of these claims that is implied in Mach’s epistemology makes it possible to compare his view to recent attempts to defend a perspectival realist account of scientific knowledge, thus revealing the relevance of Mach’s own approach as a methodology in the philosophy of science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-124
Number of pages26
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Epistemology
  • Scientific perspectivism
  • Scientific realism
  • Instrumentalism
  • Pragmatism
  • Economy of thought


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