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Carnap's Construction of the World: The Aufbau and the by Alan W. Richardson

By Alan W. Richardson

This e-book is a tremendous contribution to the historical past of analytic philosophy normally and logical positivism particularly. It presents the 1st specific and entire learn of Rudolf Carnap, some of the most influential figures in twentieth-century philosophy. This publication fills an important hole within the literature at the background of twentieth-century philosophy, and may be of specific significance to historians of analytic philosophy, philosophers of technology, and historians of technological know-how.

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That is, it seems that the goal of constitution reaches in both cases back to the purely structural, as given in logic. It would seem, then, that the structuralist project divorces science entirely from the empirical realm - that, in Carnap's hands, empirical science achieves objectivity by, in the end, severing its ties to empirical reality in just the way mathematics and logic do. Care must be exercised here, however. For 'reality' is itself a concept that has a determinate, objective sense for Carnap only by finding its place within the constitutional system (§§170-8).

It is this connection between objective scientific concepts Structure and objectivity and pure form that we seek to extend to empirical science and capture in the constitutional system. Thus, Carnap seems to assimilate the empirical sciences to the formal sciences here. That is, it seems that the goal of constitution reaches in both cases back to the purely structural, as given in logic. It would seem, then, that the structuralist project divorces science entirely from the empirical realm - that, in Carnap's hands, empirical science achieves objectivity by, in the end, severing its ties to empirical reality in just the way mathematics and logic do.

25 Reconstructing the Aufbau of metaphysics is not governed by the acceptance of an ontology of objects of acquaintance and a method that shows how to do without anything else. Carnap seeks to reject all questions of ontology; epistemology has nothing to say about such questions. In fact, within Carnap's philosophical framework in the Aufbau, the role played by the argument of section 176 is minimal. Carnap takes no great pains in showing that metaphysical concepts are not constitutible in the epistemically ordered system.

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