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The Large-Scale Structure of Logical Empiricism: Unity of Science and the Elimination of Metaphysics

Frost-Arnold, Greg (2004) The Large-Scale Structure of Logical Empiricism: Unity of Science and the Elimination of Metaphysics. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      Two central and well-known philosophical goals of the logical empiricists are the unification of science and the elimination of metaphysics. I argue, via textual analysis, that these two apparently distinct planks of the logical empiricist party platform are actually intimately related. From the 1920’s through 1950, one abiding criterion for judging whether an apparently declarative assertion or descriptive term is metaphysical is that that assertion or term cannot be incorporated into a language of unified science. I explore various versions of this criterion throughout the works of Carnap and Neurath.


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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Keywords: Logical Empiricism, Carnap, Neurath, Unity of Science
      Subjects: General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
      Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
      Depositing User: Greg Frost-Arnold
      Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2004
      Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
      Item ID: 2005
      Public Domain: No
      Conference Date: November 18-20, 2004
      Conference Location: Austin, Texas
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2005

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