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Carnap's "Logical Structure of the World"

Pincock, Chris (2009) Carnap's "Logical Structure of the World". In: [2008]: Visiting Fellows, Center for Philosophy of Science. (2008-2009, Pittsburgh).

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    This article aims to give an overview of Carnap’s 1928 book "Logical Structure of the World" or "Aufbau" and the most influential interpretations of its significance. After giving an outline of the book in section II, I turn to the first sustained interpretations of the book offered by Goodman and Quine in section III. Section IV explains how this empirical reductionist interpretation was largely displaced by its main competitor. This is the line of interpretation offered by Friedman and Richardson which focuses on issues of objectivity. In section V I turn to two more recent interpretations that can be thought of as emphasizing Carnap’s concern with rational reconstruction. Finally, the article concludes by noting some current work by Leitgeb that aims to develop and update some aspects of the Aufbau project for contemporary epistemology.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: logical empiricism; reductionism; objectivity
    Subjects: General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008]: Visiting Fellows, Center for Philosophy of Science. (2008-2009, Pittsburgh)
    Depositing User: Chris Pincock
    Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4569

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