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By Rudolf Ekstein

Ekstein's ebook brings jointly papers on a few subject matters that have occupied his pondering over the last forty years. within the Wiener Kreis, the Vienna circle of philosophers, he studied, along with his professor Moritz Schlick, the philosophy of technological know-how, the research of language, and the rationalization of that means. all through his existence he has regularly been encouraged through the paintings of Ludwig Wittgenstein. within the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute his curiosity in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis used to be bolstered, and he tested for himself a bridge among the type of considering that appears for philosophical rationalization and that which searches for mental that means. The psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic tools of mental explanation depend upon the language instruments of the considering technique. yet those language instruments, referring now to varied theories of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy within the a variety of colleges, have their usefulness in addition to their obstacles. Ekstein's chronological review permits us to reach at a philosophical and mental explanation of current psycho-therapeutic and psychoanalytic faculties.

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Lewin dis­ cusses this problem in the light of Galilean versus Aristotelian modes of thought, meaning by the Galilean mode of thought approximately what we mean by scientific language. The law of conservation of energy The second general sentence, the law of conservation of energy, is based on the principle of causality. Their connection, however, is not of an empiric but of a logical nature. The law of the conservation of energy could not be expressed in a non-causal language. The principle of causality creates the language-frame in which scientific findings can be expressed adequately.

In each one, the same word material, 'high-low,' is used throughout but different conceptions are used as the word-material follows different rules of usage according to the different sentence types. High and low mountain tops are compared by measuring their respec­ tive height. For example, we use units of the metric system to determine the height of a mountain. We know the method of measuring distance, so giv­ ing the method of measurement, which is the method of verification of statements about the height of a mountain, we also give the sense of the statement about the low or high mountain top.

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