Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook

The Vienna Circle in the Nordic Countries.

Networks and Transformations of Logical Empiricism

Editors: Manninen, Juha, Stadler, Friedrich (Eds.)

  • Offers a detailed and in-depth investigation of the hitherto neglected interaction between Central European Logical Empiricism on the one hand and the important philosophers and scientists in the Nordic countries on the other hand
  • Involves such contemporary witnesses as Arne Naess and Jaakko Hintikka
  • Contains an account of the continuity and further development of this interaction in the Cold War period after World War II
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The rise of scientific (analytic) philosophy since the turn of the twentieth century is linked to the philosophical interaction between, on the one hand, Ernst Mach, the Vienna Circle around Moritz Schlick and Otto Neurath, the Berlin Group (Hans Reichenbach, Carl G. Hempel), and the Prague Group (Rudolf Carnap, Philipp Frank), and, on the other, philosophers and scientists in Denmark (Niels Bohr, Joergen Joergensen), Finland (Eino Kaila, Georg Henrik von Wright and their disciples), Norway (Arne Næss and his students), and Sweden (Åke Petzäll, the journal Theoria and a younger generation of philosophers in Uppsala). In addition, the pure theory of law of Hans Kelsen achieved wide dissemination in the Nordic countries (through, for example, Alf Ross). One of the key events in the relations between the Central European philosophers and those of the Nordic countries was the Second International Congress for the Unity of Science which was arranged in Copenhagen in 1936.

Besides considering the interactions of these groups, the book also pays special attention to their interactions, in the context of the Cold War period following the Second World War, with the so-called Third Vienna Circle and with the Forum Alpbach/Austrian College around Viktor Kraft and Bela Juhos (along with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Paul Feyerabend), where the issues of (philosophical and scientific) realism and "psychologism"—the relationship between psychology and philosophy—were matters of controversy.

By comparison with the more extensively investigated and better known transatlantic transfer and transformation of "positivism" and logical empiricism, the developments outlined above remain

neglected and marginalized topics in historiography. The symposium aims to reveal the remarkable continuity of the philosophical enlightened "Nordic Connection". We intend to shed light on this forgotten communication and to reconstruct these hidden scholarly networks from an historical and logical point of view, thereby evaluating their significance for today’s research.

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From the reviews:

“This volume on the Vienna Circle’s influence in the Nordic countries gives a very interesting presentation of an almost forgotten landmark. … The volume here reviewed, dedicated to Arne Naess, is intended to fill the historical gaps and provide a more complete picture of this rich network, which even the Second World War was unable to destroy.” (Carlo Penco, Nordicum-Mediterraneum, Vol. 8 (1), 2013)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Arne Naess — Dogmas and Problems of Empiricism

    Stadler, Friedrich

    Pages 11-31

  • Niels Bohr and the Vienna Circle

    Faye, Jan

    Pages 33-45

  • Between the Vienna Circle and Ludwig Wittgenstein — The Philosophical Teachers of G. H. von Wright

    Manninen, Juha

    Pages 47-67

  • Theoria and Logical Empiricism On the tensions between the National and the International in Philosophy

    Strang, Johan

    Pages 69-89

  • Positivism before Logical Positivism in Nordic Philosophy

    Heidegren, Carl-Göran

    Pages 91-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Vienna Circle in the Nordic Countries.
Book Subtitle
Networks and Transformations of Logical Empiricism
Editors
  • Juha Manninen
  • Friedrich Stadler
Series Title
Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3683-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3683-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3682-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3062-5
Series ISSN
0929-6328
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 322
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