The latest special issue of Studies in East European Thought on The Life and Work of Philipp Frank, edited by Adam Tamas Tuboly, has been published.

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Philipp Frank’s (1884–1966) death. As a physicist-turned-philosopher, Frank played an important role in developing the Vienna Circle’s scientific world-conception [wissenschaftliche Weltauffassung] in Vienna and later in Prague with Rudolf Carnap. He was also responsible for the dissemination of the ideas of logical empiricism and modern scientific thought for the layman, which task he continued in the United States through the institutionalization of the unified science movement. This special issue aims to bring new perspectives to the texts and contexts of Frank, originating in a special Eastern- European context, to understand the rise and decline of his thinking, (meta-) philosophical commitments, and projects.

1. Adam Tamas Tuboly: Editorial Introduction: Philipp Frank, a physicist-turned philosopher.
2. Gerald Holton: Philipp Frank and the Wiener Kreis: from Vienna to Exile in the USA
3. Anne Siegetsleitner: Philipp Frank on relativity in science and morality
4. George Reisch: Pragmatic engagements: Philipp Frank and James Bryant Conant on science, education, and democracy
5. Amy Wuest: Simplicity and scientific progress in the philosophy of Philipp Frank
6. Adam Tamas Tuboly: Philipp Frank’s decline and the crisis of logical empiricism

Ferenc Hörcher's paper on "Dramatic Mimesis and Civic Education in Aristotle, Cicero and Renaissance Humanism" has been published in  Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 1, p. 87-96, Jul. 2017. ISSN 2035-8466. Available here.
The paper addresses the Aristotelian analysis (and its aftermath) of the concept of dramatic mimesis from a social and cultural angle, with special interest in its fostering sociability. 

Ádám Tamás Tuboly's paper on "Carnap's Weltanschauung and the Jugendbewegung: the story of an omitted chapter" has been published in Friedrich Stadler's "Integrated History and Philosophy of Science: Problems, Perspectives, and Case Studies" (Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, vol. 20. Springer 129-144) volume. The paper deals with the question that why did Carnap cut from his famous intellectual autobiography that chapter which describes his influential years in the so-called German Youth Movement (Jugendbewegung).

Balazs Gyenis’ „Maxwell and the normal distribution: A colored story of probability, independence, and tendency toward equilibrium” is forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.

The abstract of the paper:

We investigate Maxwell’s attempt to justify the mathematical assumptions behind his 1860 Proposition IV according to which the velocity components of colliding particles follow the normal distribution. Contrary to the commonly held view we find that his molecular collision model plays a crucial role in reaching this conclusion, and that his model assumptions also permit inference to equalization of mean kinetic energies (temperatures), which is what he intended to prove in his discredited and widely ignored Proposition VI. If we take a charitable reading of his own proof of Proposition VI then it was Maxwell, and not Boltzmann, who gave the first proof of a tendency towards equilibrium, a sort of H-theorem. We also call attention to a potential conflation of notions of probabilistic and value independence in relevant prior works of his contem- poraries and of his own, and argue that this conflation might have impacted his adoption of the suspect independence assumption of Proposition IV.

A recent paper by our colleague, Peter Andras Varga was published in the volume "»Alles Wesentliche lässt sich nicht schreiben« Leben und Denken Edith Steins im Spiegel ihres Gesamtwerks" (Herder Verlag, Germany, 2016). The paper, entitled "Edith Stein als Assistentin von Edmund Husserl: Versuch einer Bilanz im Spiegel von Husserls Verhältnis zu seinen Assistenten. Mit einem unveröffentlichten Brief Edmund Husserls über Edith Stein im Anhang," analyses Edith Stein's oft-discussed role in Edmund Husserl's philosophical oeuvre against the backdrop of Husserl's personal and intellectual relationships to his assistants (including Eugen Fink and Martin Heidegger). A hitherto unknown and unpublished letter by Husserl on Stein is published in the appendix of the paper.
The volume is published both in print and as an e-book (preview). The preprint version of the paper is available here. The author's research was supported by the Hungarian National Scientific Funds (OTKA) grant nr. PD105101.

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