Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Politics

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Overview

Four distinguished authors have been brought together to produce this elegant study of a much-neglected figure. The book is divided into three sections: Neurath's biographical background and the economic and social context of his ideas; his theory of science; and the development of his role in debates on Marxist concepts of history and his own conception of science. Coinciding with the emerging serious interest in logical positivism, this timely publication will redress a current imbalance in the history and philosophy of science.
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"...this fascinating book, which also contains though-provoking sketches of the views of Mach (102-4), Duhem (116-8), Carnap (149-52), and Weber (213-19) and an important (if familiar) criticism of the views of Popper (201), can justifiably be recommended to anyone with an interest in the history of twentieth-century philosophy." John Preston, Philosophy in Review

"...an excellent book..." Steven Beller, German Studies Review

"For historians of philosophy of science, this book is essential reading." George Reisch, Isis

"This is an important work. Readers wiil enjoy Fleck's biography...." Barry Seldes, Austrian History Yearbook

"This useful, attractive Neurath is the product of an ambitious collaboration among four scholars." David A. Hollinger, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521041119
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Aknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 A Life between science and politics 7
1.1 Before Munich 8
1.2 The socialisation debate 22
1.3 In the Bavarian revolution 43
1.4 In Red Vienna 56
1.5 Exile in The Hague and Oxford 82
Pt. 2 On Neurath's Boat 89
2.1 The Boat: Neurath's image of knowledge 89
2.2 In the first Vienna Circle 95
2.3 From the Duhem thesis to the Neurath principle 111
2.4 Rationality without foundations 131
2.5 A theory of scientific discourse 142
2.6 Towards a theory of practice 163
Pt. 3 Unity on the earthly plane 167
3.1 Two stories with a common theme 167
3.2 Science: the stock of instruments 171
3.3 The attack on method 188
3.4 Where Ballungen come from 208
3.5 Negotiation, not regulation 244
Conclusion 253
List of references 257
Index 283
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