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Reconsidering Logical Positivism - Michael Friedman

Reconsidering Logical Positivism

Paperback Published: 29th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521624763
Number Of Pages: 276

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In this collection of essays one of the preeminent philosophers of science writing today offers a reinterpretation of the enduring significance of logical positivism, the revolutionary philosophical movement centered around the Vienna Circle in the 1920s and '30s. Michael Friedman argues that the logical positivists were radicals not by presenting a new version of empiricism (as is often thought to be the case) but rather by offering a new conception of a priori knowledge and its role in empirical knowledge. This collection will be mandatory reading for any philosopher or historian of science interested in the history of logical positivism in particular or the evolution of modern philosophy in general.

"This work is exactly what one hopes from a book on an historical philosophical movement: we come to understand not only the movement, but also how it relates to, and can enrich, our work." Review of Metaphysics

Preface
Introduction
The reevaluation of logical positivism
Geometry, Relativity, and Convention
Moritz Schlick's Philosophical Papers
Postscript: general relativity and General Theory of Knowledge
Carnap and Weyl on the foundations of geometry and relativity
Geometry, convention, and the relativized a priori: Reichenbach, Schlick, and Carnap
Poincaré's conventionalism and the logical positivists
Der Logische Aufbau der Welt
Carnap's Aufbau reconsidered
Epistemology in the Aufbau; Postscript: Carnap and the Neo-Kantians
Logico-Mathematical Truth
Analytic truth in Carnap's Logical Syntax of Language
Carnap and Wittgenstein's Tractatus
Tolerance and analyticity in Carnap's philosophy of mathematics
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ISBN: 9780521624763
ISBN-10: 0521624762
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 29th November 1999
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4

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