Quotation Pfeiffle, Horst. 2008. Dividing the world into nature and intellect: a losing battle. In: Engineering Competencies - Traditions and Innovations, Hrsg. Kraker N., 484-493. Moscow, Russia: IGIP International Society for Engineering Education.




The cultural unity between nature and intellect seems divided by the different practices in the humanities (ideographic) and the natural sciences (nomothetic). While there can be no disputing the existence of such disciplinary barriers, this article seeks to illustrate and exemplify their common cultural bond by means of the notion of nature and/or the world as a book and the concept of the picture. It also seeks to illustrate the usefulness of combining philosophical-epistemological and historical natural sciences constructs using the example of Ernst Mach’s thought experiments.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Dividing the world into nature and intellect: a losing battle
Title of whole publication Engineering Competencies - Traditions and Innovations
Editor Kraker N.
Page from 484
Page to 493
Location Moscow, Russia
Publisher IGIP International Society for Engineering Education
Year 2008
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Pfeiffle, Horst (Details)
Education und Philosophy IN (Former organization)
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5800 Educational sciences (Details)
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