Niels Bohr: His Heritage and Legacy: An Anti-Realist View of by Jan Faye

By Jan Faye

The bulk of the current booklet has now not been released formerly although Chapters II and IV are dependent partly on previous papers of mine: "The impression of Harald H!1lffding's Philosophy on Niels Bohr's Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics", which seemed in Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, 1979, and "The Bohr-H!1lffding dating Reconsidered", released in reviews in background and Philosophy of technology, 1988. those papers comple­ ment one another, and as a way to supply the total factor a extra prolonged therapy i've got sought, within the current quantity by way of drawing on appropriate old fabric, to confirm the declare that H!1lffding was once Bohr's mentor. along with containing a close account of Bohr's philosophy, the ebook, even as, serves the aim of constructing H!1lffding' s principles and ancient importance greater recognized to a non-Danish readership. in the course of my paintings in this e-book i've got consulted the Royal Danish Library; the nationwide Archive of Denmark and the Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen, looking for proper fabric. i'm thankful for permission to take advantage of and quote fabric from those assets. Likewise, i'm indebted to colleagues and neighbors for commenting upon the manuscript: i'm particularly thankful to Professor Henry Folse for our many discussions in the course of my stopover at to New Orleans in November-December 1988 and back right here in Elsinore in July 1990.

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THE EKLIPTIKA CIRCLE Bohr was enrolled at the University in the summer of 1903 after passing the examination with which the program of "gymnasium" ("studentereksamen") culminates in the spring. As a freshman Bohr began studying physics under Professor Christian Christiansen, a study which continued until 1909 when he received his master of physics degree. Over the following two years he · submitted and defended his doctoral dissertation at the University, and in 1911-12 he spent a year in England doing post-doctoral research in Cambridge and Manchester.

5 The meetings were started in order to discuss HI/lffding's seminars and lectures in philosophy, perhaps in the spring of 1905. Slomann has clearly stated that the gatherings of Ekliptika began in 1905. Rubin, who as we have heard was the prime mover of the circle, had, at any rate, by the summer of 1904 matriculated at the University, the same year in which Harald Bohr and Vilhelm Slomann did; but HI/Sffding did not give a course in propaedeutic philosophy in the academic year 1904-05, as has been claimed.

This "propaedeutic philosophy" (or "Filosofikum" as it is called in Danish) was usually taken during the student's ftrst year at the University. It has been generally assumed that the only training in philosophy Bohr received was this elementary course. However, I shall here try to establish the claim that Bohr also attended some of Hi1Sffding's more advanced lectures and seminars on various philosophical topics. In the autumn of 1903 and the spring of 1904 Hi1Sffding taught the mandatory propaedeutic philosophy course which Bohr attended, and later on a group of students, who attended Hi1Sffding's public lectures and seminars, began to meet regularly after these classes in order to continue discussions of the various subjects.

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