Alois Riehl and 

Critical Realism around 1900

Portraitsammlung Ismael Gentz. Archiv Edition Raetia.

The question ‘How can we gain knowledge of a mind-independent reality?’ is intensively and diversely discussed in contemporary philosophy and history of science. However, Alois Riehl’s contribution has been almost completely ignored so far. This is astonishing, since at the end of the 19th century, he developed a sophisticated philosophy of realism in his three-volume work The Philosophical Criticism and its Significance for the Positive Science (1876, 1879, 1887). Therein, Riehl systematically combines a realism of spatio-temporal objects (PK 2.1 1879, 133), a mathematical realism (PK 2.1 1879, 164), and a scientific realism (PK 2.2 1887, 129) based on a critical theory of integrating history and philosophy of science (&HPS).

 

Published Papers (Selction)

“Paul Weisengrün. Über Entwicklungsgesetze der menschlichen Entfaltung”, 383–386.

“Heinrich Gomperzʼ Weltanschauungslehre”, 646–648.

“Heinrich Gomperzʼ Moralphilosophie”, 654–656.