Logical Empiricism in North America

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This latest volume in the longest-standing and most influential series in the field of the philosophy of science extends and expands on the discipline's recent historical turn. These essays take up the historical, sociological, and philosophical questions surrounding the particular intellectual movement of logical empiricism-both its emigration from Europe to North America in the 1930s and 1940s and its development in North America through the 1940s and 1950s. With an introduction placing them in their ...
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Overview

This latest volume in the longest-standing and most influential series in the field of the philosophy of science extends and expands on the discipline's recent historical turn. These essays take up the historical, sociological, and philosophical questions surrounding the particular intellectual movement of logical empiricism-both its emigration from Europe to North America in the 1930s and 1940s and its development in North America through the 1940s and 1950s. With an introduction placing them in their philosophical and historical context, these essays bear witness to the fact that the history of the philosophy of science, far more than a mere repository of anecdote and chronology, might be able to produce a decisive transformation in the philosophy of science itself.Contributors: Richard Creath, Arizona State U; Michael Friedman, Stanford U; Rudolf Haller, U of Graz; Don Howard, Notre Dame; Diederick Raven, U of Utrecht; George Reisch; Thomas Ricketts, Northwestern U; Friedrich K. Stadler, U of Vienna; Thomas E. Uebel, U of Manchester. Gary L. Hardcastle is assistant professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University. Alan W. Richardson is associate professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816642212
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Logical Empiricism in North America
1 Logical Empiricism, American Pragmatism, and the Fate of Scientific Philosophy in North America 1
2 Two Left Turns Make a Right: On the Curious Political Career of North American Philosophy of Science at Midcentury 25
3 Hempel and the Vienna Circle 94
4 On Herbert Feigl 115
5 Edgar Zilsel in America 129
6 Philipp Frank's History of the Vienna Circle: A Programmatic Retrospective 149
7 Debabelizing Science: The Harvard Science of Science Discussion Group, 1940-41 170
8 Disunity in the International Encyclopedia of Unified Science 197
9 Transfer and Transformation of Logical Empiricism: Quantitative and Qualitative Aspects 216
10 The Linguistic Doctrine and Conventionality: The Main Argument in "Carnap and Logical Truth" 234
11 Languages and Calculi 257
Contributors 281
Index 285
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