Abstract

Abstract:

In different places Rudolf Carnap and Otto Neurath affirmed "a noteworthy agreement" and an "inner link" between their philosophy of science and political movements agitating for radical socio-economic change. Given the normative abstinence of Vienna Circle philosophy, indeed the metaethical commitments of its verificationism, this claim presents a major interpretive challenge that is only heightened when Neurath's engagement for the socialization of national economies is taken into account. It is argued here that Carnap's and Neurath's positions are saved from inconsistency once some careful distinctions are understood and it is recognized that they, together with the other members of the Circle, adhered to an epistemic norm here called "intersubjective accountability."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 35-62
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-24
Open Access
No
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