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The American Reception of Logical Positivism: First Encounters (1929-1932)

Verhaegh, Sander (2019) The American Reception of Logical Positivism: First Encounters (1929-1932). [Preprint]

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Abstract

This paper reconstructs the American reception of logical positivism in the early 1930s. I argue that Moritz Schlick (who had visiting positions at Stanford and Berkeley between 1929 and 1932) and Herbert Feigl (who visited Harvard in the 1930-31 academic year) played a crucial role in promoting the *Wissenschaftliche Weltauffassung*, years before members of the Vienna Circle, the Berlin Group, and the Lvov-Warsaw school would seek refuge in the United States. Building on archive
material from the Wiener Kreis Archiv, the Harvard University Archives, and the Herbert Feigl Papers, as well as a large number of publications in American philosophy journals from the early 1930s, I reconstruct the subtle transformation of the American philosophical landscape in the years immediately preceding the European exodus. I argue that (1) American philosophical discussions about meaning and significance and (2) internal dynamics in the Vienna Circle between 1929 and
1931 significantly impacted the way in which US philosophers came to perceive logical positivism.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Verhaegh, Sandera.a.verhaegh@uvt.nl
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr Sander Verhaegh
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 03:54
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 03:54
Item ID: 16519
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 11 October 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16519

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