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University of Minnesota Press
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Logical empiricism remains a strong influence in the philosophy of science, despite the discipline's shift toward more historical and naturalistic approaches. This latest volume in the eminent Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science series examines the main features of the intellectual milieu from which logical empiricism sprang, providing the first critical exploration of this context by authors within the Anglo-American analytic tradition of philosophy. These articles challenge the idea that logical empiricism has its origins in traditional British empiricism, pointing instead to a movement of scientific philosophy that flourished in the German-speaking areas of Europe in the first four decades of the twentieth century. The intellectual refugees from the Third Reich who brought logical empiricism to North America did so in an environment influenced by Einstein's new physics, the ascension of modern logic, the birth of the social sciences as rivals to traditional humanistic philosophy, and other large-scale social, political, and cultural themes. The contributors, including some of our most distinguished philosophers and historians of science, emphasize the connections among members of the logical empiricist movement as well as their connections with members of other major intellectual movements of the time. Focusing on the continuing influence of logical empiricism and the vitality of the issues with which its proponents struggled, this important volume provides valuable context to contemporary philosophers of science. Contributors: Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics; Jordi Cat; Richard Creath, Arizona State U; Michael Friedman, Indiana U; Peter Galison, Harvard U; Warren Goldfarb, Harvard U; Don Howard, U of Kentucky; Thomas Oberdan, Clemson U; Thomas Ricketts, U of Pennsylvania; Thomas Ryckman, Northwestern U; Joia Lewis Turner, U of San Diego; Thomas E. Uebel, London School of Economics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. RONALD N. GIERE
  3. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Origins of Logical Empiricism
  2. Alan W. Richardson.
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I. The Cultural and Philosophical Context
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. Constructing Modernism: The Cultural Location of Aufbau
  2. Peter Galison
  3. pp. 17-44
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  1. Overcoming Metaphysics: Carnap and Heidegger
  2. Michael Friedman
  3. pp. 45-79
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  1. Neurath against Method
  2. Nancy Cartwright and Jordi Cat
  3. pp. 80-90
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  1. The Enlightenment Ambition of Epistemic Utopianism: Otto Neurath's Theory of Science in Historical Perspective
  2. Thomas E. Uebel
  3. pp. 91-112
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  1. Part II. Science, Philosophy, and Scientific Philosophy
  2. pp. 113-114
  1. Relativity, Eindeutigkeit, and Monomorphism: Rudolf Carnap and the Development of the Categoricity Concept in Formal Semantics
  2. Don Howard
  3. pp. 115-164
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  1. Einstein Agonists: Weyl and Reichenbach on Geometry and the General Theory of Relativity
  2. T. A. Ryckman
  3. pp. 165-210
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  1. Part III. Logic, Mathematics, and Philosophy
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. The Philosophy of Mathematics in Early Positivism
  2. Warren Goldfarb
  3. pp. 213-230
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  1. Carnap: From Logical Syntax to Semantics
  2. Thomas Ricketts
  3. pp. 231-250
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  1. Languages without Logic
  2. Richard Creath
  3. pp. 251-266
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  1. Part IV. Experience, Empirical Knowledge, and Empiricism
  2. pp. 267-268
  1. Postscript to Protocols: Reflections on Empiricism
  2. Thomas Oberdan
  3. pp. 269-291
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  1. Conceptual Knowledge and Intuitive Experience: Schlick's Dilemma
  2. Joia Lewis TVirner
  3. pp. 292-308
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  1. From Epistemology to the Logic of Science: Carnap's Philosophy of Empirical Knowledge in the 1930s
  2. Alan W. Richardson
  3. pp. 309-332
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  1. Part V. Afterword
  2. pp. 333-334
  1. From Wissenschaftliche Philosophie to Philosophy of Science
  2. Ronald N. Giere
  3. pp. 335-354
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 355-378
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 379-382
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  1. Index of Authors
  2. pp. 383-386
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 387-392
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