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New Life for Carnap's Aufbau?

Leitgeb, Hannes (2009) New Life for Carnap's Aufbau? In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Rudolf Carnap's Der logische Aufbau der Welt (The Logical Structure of the World) is generally conceived of as being the failed manifesto of logical positivism. In this paper we will consider the following question: How much of the Aufbau can actually be saved? We will argue that there is an adaptation of the old system which satisfies many of the demands of the original programme. In order to defend this thesis, we have to show how a new "Aufbau-like" programme may solve or circumvent the problems that affected the original Aufbau project. In particular, we are going to focus on how a new system may address the well-known difficulties in Carnap's Aufbau concerning abstraction, dimensionality, and theoretical terms.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Leitgeb, Hannes
Keywords: Carnap, Aufbau, Ramsey-sentence, structuralism, structural realism, abstraction, dimensionality, theoretical terms.
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
General Issues > Theory/Observation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Ioannis Votsis
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4659

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