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By Hans Reichenbach, Maria Reichenbach, Robert S. Cohen

These volumes shape an entire portrait of Hans Reichenbach, from the college boy and collage pupil to the maturing and inventive student, who used to be in addition an immensely dedicated instructor and a proficient well known author and speaker on technology and philosophy. We chosen the articles for numerous purposes. a lot of them haven't pre­ viously been to be had in English; many are out of print, both in English or in German; a few, in particular the early ones, were little identified, and care for subject-matters except philosophy of technology. The genesis and evolu­ tion of Reichenbach's rules of deep curiosity, and so we in­ cluded papers from 4 many years, regardless of occasional redundancy. We have been, for instance, happy to incorporate his large evaluation article from the encyclo­ pedic Handbuch der Physik of 1929 on 'The goals and techniques of actual Knowledge', written at a time of artistic collaboration among Reichenbach's Berlin crew and the Vienna Circle of Schlick and Carnap. Reichenbach used to be a pioneer, establishing new pathways to the answer of age-old difficulties in lots of fields: house, time, causality, induction and chance - philosophical research and interpretation of classical physics, relativity and quantum physics - common sense, language, ethics, medical rationalization and technique, severe appreciation and reconstruction of earlier metaphysical thinkers and scientists from Plato to Leibniz and Kant. certainly, his personal philosophical trip was once initiated by way of his passage from Kant to anti-Kant.

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13. A YOUNG UNIVERSITY TEACHER [from a letter of Carl Hempel to Maria Reichenbach, March 21, 1976] When Hans Reichenbach joined the faculty of the University of Berlin, I was an advanced student there; while majoring in mathematics and phYSics, I had also taken various courses in philosophy, including a seminar on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. In an early conversation with Reichenbach - I think it was during a break in his course, and in startled response to ideas he had just set forth on causality and determinism - I told him that I regarded the prin· ciple of causality as true a priori and found it impossible even to imagine that it might be false.

This always remained a point of difference between us. I recall also a matter of mutual shock at the time. He was startled when I asserted that the theory of psychoanalysis, especially in its Freudian formulation, was unscientific, and I was startled when he insisted that it was. It seemed clear to me that on his own criteria of scientific verification that psychoanalysis was no more scientific than Christian science. In passing, I 34 MEMORIES OF HANS REICHENBACH should note the curious fact that all the logical empiricists or positivists I have known were quite vehement in defending the scientific validity of Freud's basic views - something which in my obtuseness I could never square with their professed philosophy of science.

I still have the letter he wrote about it. Of course he wanted to be fulfilled, he had so much to give. He was so sure of his mission that he could even afford to be modest. But never did he seek popularity at the expense of others. He had great interest in all our personal affairs; I just found a letter from his sister Wendeli in which she thanks him for his empathy with her present troubles. And my husband and I were so grateful to him when he proved his generosity by helping us with the school fees which we then could not afford for our son.

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