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The Routledge Handbook of Logical Empiricism

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Book Description

Logical empiricism is a philosophical movement that flourished in the 1920s and 30s in Central Europe and in the 40s and 50s in the United States. With its stated ambition to comprehend the revolutionary advances in the empirical and formal sciences of their day and to confront anti-modernist challenges to scientific reason itself, logical empiricism was never uncontroversial. Uniting key thinkers who often disagreed with one another but shared the aim to conceive of philosophy as part of the scientific enterprise, it left a rich and varied legacy that has only begun to be explored relatively recently.

The Routledge Handbook of Logical Empiricism is an outstanding reference source to this challenging subject area, and the first collection of its kind. Comprising 41 chapters written by an international and interdisciplinary team of contributors, the Handbook is organized into four clear parts:

  • The Cultural, Scientific and Philosophical Context and the Development of Logical Empiricism
  • Characteristic Theses of and Specific Issues in Logical Empiricism
  • Relations to Philosophical Contemporaries
  • Leading Post-Positivist Criticisms and Legacy.

Essential reading for students and researchers in the history of twentieth-century philosophy, especially the history of analytical philosophy and the history of philosophy of science, the Handbook will also be of interest to those working in related areas of philosophy influenced by this important movement, including metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.

Table of Contents

Introduction Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau and Thomas Uebel

Part 1: The Cultural, Scientific and Philosophical Context and the Development of Logical Empiricism

1. The Foundational Crisis of Modern Physics and its Cultural Significance Michael Stöltzner

2. The German Youth Movement at the Start of the 20th Century Hans-Joachim Dahms

3. Dilthey, Historicism and Logical Empiricism Christian Damböck

4. Varieties of Neo-Kantian Influences Matthias Neuber

5. Helmholtz and Logical Empiricism Michael Heidelberger

6. Mach and Early Logical Empiricism Elisabeth Nemeth

7. Bolzano, Brentano, and Logical Empiricism Mark Textor

8. French Conventionalism and the Vienna Circle Anastasios Brenner

9. Einstein and Logical Empiricism Fynn Ole Engler

10. The First Vienna Circle and the Erlangen Conference Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau

11. The Vienna Circle and the Verein Ernst Mach Friedrich Stadler

12. The Berlin Group and the Society for Empirical Philosophy Nikolay Milkov

13. Women in Logical Empiricism Frederique Janssen-Lauret

Part 2: Characteristic Theses of and Specific Issues in Logical Empiricism

14. Logic and the Foundations of Mathematics in Early Logical Empiricism Erich H. Reck

15. Conceptions of Truth in Early Logical Empiricism Pierre Wagner

16. Verificationism James Justus

17. Noncognitivism Anne Siegetsleitner

18. The Unity of Science Jordi Cat

19. The Deductive-Nomological Model of Explanation Stathis Psillos

20. The Partial Interpretation of Scientific Theories William Demopoulos

21. The Relative A Priori David J. Stump

22. Nonstandard Logicism Georg Schiemer

23. Probability in Logical Empiricism Marta Sznajder

24. Reichenbach and the Problem of Induction Flavia Padovani

25. Hempel and Confirmation Theory Jan Sprenger

26. Schlick, Carnap and Feigl on the Mind-Body Problem Sean Crawford

27. Carnap and Ontology Gregory Lavers

28. Neurath on Political Economy John O’Neill

Part 3: Relations to Philosophical Contemporaries

29. The Vienna Circle’s Relationship with Wittgenstein Johannes Friedl

30. Cassirer and the Logical Empiricists Matthias Neuber

31. Critical Rationalism, the Vienna Circle and the Empirical Basis Problem Artur Koterski

32. The Lvov-Warsaw School and Logical Empiricism Jan Wolenski

33. Logical Empiricism in Northern Europe Ilkka Niiniluoto

34. Logical Empiricism in the Anglophone World: Early Receptions Christopher Pincock

35. Pragmatism and Logical Empiricism Massimo Ferrari

Part 4: Leading Post-Positivist Criticisms and Legacy

36. Quine and Post-Positivism Richard Creath

37. Kuhn, Carnap and Logical Empiricism Gürol Irzik

38. The Bipartite Metatheory Conception Thomas Uebel

39. Logical Empiricism and Formal Epistemology Sahotra Sarkar

40. Carnap’s Conception of Reason A. W. Carus

41. Rethinking the Legacy of Logical Empiricism in North America Alan Richardson.


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Thomas Uebel is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK. His books include Empiricism at the Crossroads: The Vienna Circle’s Protocol-Sentence Debate (2007), and an edition of Neurath’s Economic Writings (2004).

Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau is a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada, and principal investigator in the project Naturalizing Meaning (2021–24, FWF-grant J-4502-G). He is the author of Der Wiener Kreis (with F. Stadler, 2015), and editor of The Philosophy of Perception (2019).