Carnap's Construction of the World

The Aufbau and the Emergence of Logical Empiricism

Carnap's Construction of the World
  • By Alan W. Richardson

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:October 2009

    Online ISBN:9780511570810

    Hardback ISBN:9780521430081

    Paperback ISBN:9780521052009

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    Subjects: Logic

This book is a major contribution to the history of analytic philosophy in general and logical positivism in particular. It provides the first detailed and comprehensive study of Rudolf Carnap, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century philosophy. This book fills a significant gap in the literature on the history of twentieth-century philosophy, and will be of particular importance to historians of analytic philosophy, philosophers of science, and historians of science.


" intensive examination of virtually all of Carnap's earlier writings....I believe that the book will therefore be indispensable for all future work on Carnap." Michael Friedman, author of Kant and the Exact Sciences

"Richardson presents a clearly written, carefully researched and well-argued interpretation of Rudolf Carnap's struggle to move beyond the neo-Kantian epistemology in which he was trained." Charles E. Kielkopf, Mathematical Reviews

"Richardson's book is rich in telling detail that will no doubt be debated in scholarly articles...It is an added bonus that Richardson provides good reasons for optimism." The Philosophical Review