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The Berlin Group and the Philosophy of Logical Empiricism

Milkov, Nikolay, Peckhaus, Volker (Eds.)

2013, X, 332 p. 15 illus.

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  • First discussion of the Berlin Group in a book form in English
  • First three chapters on Dubislav in English and one on Paul Oppenheim
  • Reassesses the role of the Vienna Circle in the development of the scientific philosophy

The Berlin Group for scientific philosophy was active between 1928 and 1933 and was closely related to the Vienna Circle. In 1930, the leaders of the two Groups, Hans Reichenbach and Rudolf Carnap, launched the journal Erkenntnis. However, between the Berlin Group and the Vienna Circle, there was not only close relatedness but also significant difference. Above all, while the Berlin Group explored philosophical problems of the actual practice of science, the Vienna Circle, closely following Wittgenstein, was more interested in problems of the language of science. The book includes first discussion ever (in three chapters) on Walter Dubislav’s logic and philosophy. Two chapters are devoted to another author scarcely explored in English, Kurt Grelling, and another one to Paul Oppenheim who became an important figure in the philosophy of science in the USA in the 1940s–1960s. Finally, the book discusses the precursor of the Nord-German tradition of scientific philosophy, Jacob Friedrich Fries.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Berlin Group - Hans Reichenbach - Jacob Fries - Kurt Grelling - Walter Dubislav

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Table of contents 

Preface; Milkov, Peckhaus.- Part I. Introductory Chapters.- Part II. Historical-Theoretical Context.- Part III. Hans Reichenbach.- Part IV. Walter Dubislav.- Part V. Kurt Grelling and  Alexander Herzberg.- Part VI. Carl Hempel und Paul Oppenheim.

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