Hugo Dingler

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Hugo Albert Emil Hermann Dingler (* July 7, 1881 Munich, Germany; June 29, 1954 Munich, Germany. Son of Hermann and Maria Dingler). Dingler was a German scientist and philosopher.


Hugo Dingler studied mathematics, philosophy, and physics with Felix Klein, Hermann Minkowski, David Hilbert, Edmund Husserl, Woldemar Voigt, and Wilhem Roentgen at the universities of Göttingen and Munich. He graduated from the University of Munich with a thesis under Aurel Voss. He failed to get a Privatdozent position in mathematics at Munich, but was given a position to teach "Methods, Teaching and History of Mathematics". Thus Dingler turned from mathematics to philosophy of science.

In 1934 Dingler was dismissed from his teaching position. He told several interviewers that this was because of his favorable writings concerning Jews. In fact he was dismissed as part of a general retrenchment and not at this time for political reasons. Later his reinstatement was opposed for political reasons, but by 1940 he had joined the Nazi Party and was given a teaching position. Of Dingler's 1944 book Lehrbuch der Exakten Naturwissenschaften only thirty copies survived wartime bombing.


Dingler's position is usually characterized as "conventionalist" by Karl Popper and others. Sometimes he is called a "radical conventionalist", as by the early Rudolf Carnap. Dingler himself initially characterized it as "critical conventionalism", to contrast it...
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