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New Life for Carnap's Aufbau?

Leitgeb, Hannes (2009) New Life for Carnap's Aufbau? In: [2008] Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination Workshop (Düsseldorf April 10-12, 2008).

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    Abstract

    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)
    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
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Theoretical Frameworks and Empirical Underdetermination Workshop (Düsseldorf April 10-12, 2008)
    Depositing User: Ioannis Votsis
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4659
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4659

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