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Mechanistic Images in Geometric FormHeinrich Hertz's 'Principles of Mechanics'$
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Jesper Lützen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567370.001.0001

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Hertz’s earlier ideas about images

Hertz’s earlier ideas about images

(p.97) 8 Hertz’s earlier ideas about images
Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form


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Heinrich Hertz's image theory, as presented in the introduction to his book Principles of Mechanics, has earned him fame as a ‘modern philosopher’. However, it is somewhat ironic that Hertz initially developed a rudimentary version of this theory as a defense against philosophers. He presented this initial version of his image theory in the introduction to the Kiel Lectures. According to Hertz, a physicist interprets the aims and questions concerning the constitution of matter differently from a philosopher and gives different answers. This chapter examines the relation between Hertz's mature concept of an image and his earlier concepts of theory, image and representation, along with his comparison of matter with paper money, his presentation of a colorless phenomenological theory and its distinction from the more colorful images, and the relation between the concept of image and other related concepts in the Mechanics itself.

Keywords:   images, image theory, matter, paper money, representation, phenomenological theory, colorful images

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