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The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism

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Friedrich Stadler, Dieter Hoffman, George Reisch, Michael Friedman, Maria Carla Galavotti, Thomas Mormann, Steve Awodey, A. W. Carus, Thomas Ryckman, Gary L. Hardcastle, Elisabeth Nemeth, Thomas Uebel, David Stern, Richard Creath, Alan Richardson
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  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521791786

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  • If there is a movement or school that epitomizes analytic philosophy in the middle of the twentieth century, it is logical empiricism. Logical empiricists created a scientifically and technically informed philosophy of science, established mathematical logic as a topic in and tool for philosophy, and initiated the project of formal semantics. Accounts of analytic philosophy written in the middle of the twentieth century gave logical empiricism a central place in the project. The second wave of interpretative accounts was constructed to show how philosophy should progress, or had progressed, beyond logical empiricism. The essays survey the formative stages of logical empiricism in central Europe and its acculturation in North America, discussing its main topics, and achievements and failures, in different areas of philosophy of science, and assessing its influence on philosophy, past, present, and future.

    • Overview of results of new scholarship on logical empiricism
    • In-depth analyses of historical issues of current philosophical interest
    • Agenda-setting explorations of outstanding problems
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    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521791786
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.716kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Historical Context of Logical Empiricsm:
    1. The Vienna circle: context, profile, and development Friedrich Stadler
    2. The Berlin 'Society for Empirical/Scientific Philosophy' Dieter Hoffman
    3. From 'The Life of the Present' to the 'Icy Slopes of Logic': logical empiricism, the unity of science movement and the Cold War George Reisch
    Part II. Logical Empiricism: Issues in General Philosophy of Science:
    4. Coordination, constitution, and convention: the evolution of the a priori in logical empiricism Michael Friedman
    5. Confirmation, probability, and logical empiricism Maria Carla Galavotti
    6. The structure of scientific theories in logical empiricism Thomas Mormann
    Part III. Logical Empiricism and the Philosophy of the Special Sciences:
    7. The turning point and the revolution: philosophy of mathematics in logical empiricism from Tractatus to Logical Syntax Steve Awodey and A.W. Carus
    8. Logical empiricism and the philosophy of physics Thomas Ryckman
    9. Logical empiricism and the philosophy of psychology Gary L. Hardcastle
    10. Logical empiricism and the history and sociology of science Elisabeth Nemeth
    11. Philosophy of social science in early logical empiricism: the case of radical physicalism Thomas Uebel
    Part IV. Logical Empiricism and Its Critics:
    12. Wittgenstein, the Vienna circle, and physicalism: a reassessment David Stern
    13. Vienna, the city of Quine's dreams Richard Creath
    14. That sort of everyday image of logical positivism: Thomas Kuhn and the decline of logical empiricist philosophy of science Alan Richardson.

  • Editors

    Alan Richardson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Alan W. Richardson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

    Thomas Uebel, University of Manchester
    Thomas E. Uebel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester.


    Friedrich Stadler, Dieter Hoffman, George Reisch, Michael Friedman, Maria Carla Galavotti, Thomas Mormann, Steve Awodey, A. W. Carus, Thomas Ryckman, Gary L. Hardcastle, Elisabeth Nemeth, Thomas Uebel, David Stern, Richard Creath, Alan Richardson

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