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Carnap's Construction of the World : The Aufbau and the Emergence of Logical Empiricism - Alan W. Richardson

Carnap's Construction of the World

The Aufbau and the Emergence of Logical Empiricism

Hardcover Published: 13th December 1997
ISBN: 9780521430081
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book is a major contribution to the history of analytic philosophy in general and of logical positivism in particular. It provides the first detailed and comprehensive study of Rudolf Carnap, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century philosophy. The focus of the book is Carnap's first major work: Der logische Aufbau der Welt (The Logical Structure of the World). It reveals tensions within the context of German epistemology and philosophy of science in the early twentieth century. Alan Richardson argues that Carnap's move to philosophy of science in the 1930s was largely an attempt to dissolve the tension in his early epistemology. This book fills a significant gap in the literature on the history of twentieth-century philosophy. It will be of particular importance to historians of analytic philosophy, philosophers of science, and historians of science.

'... an intensive examination of virtually all of Carnap's earlier writings ... Richardson has very helpfully mined this material, exhibiting a rare combination of historical and philosophical insight. I believe that the book will therefore be indispensable for all future work on Carnap.' Michael Friedman, author of Kant and the Exact Sciences

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Reconstructing the Aufbau
The problem of objectivity: an overview of Carnap's constitutional project
An outline of the constitutional projects for objectivity
The background to early Carnap: themes from Kant
The fundamentals of neo-Kantian epistemology
Carnap's neo-Kantian origins: Der Raum
Critical conventionalism
Epistemology between logic and science: the essential tension
After objectivity: logical empiricism as philosophy of science
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521430081
ISBN-10: 0521430089
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 13th December 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.55