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Synthese Library

The Limits of Logical Empiricism

Selected Papers of Arthur Pap

Editors: Keupink, Alfons, Shieh, Sanford (Eds.)

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This volume brings together a selection of the most philosophically significant papers of Arthur Pap. As Sanford Shieh explains in the Introduction to this volume, Pap’s work played an important role in the development of the analytic tradition. This role goes beyond the merely historical fact that Pap’s views of dispositional and modal concepts were influential. As a sympathetic critic of logical empiricism, Pap, like Quine, saw a deep tension in logical empiricism at its very best, in the work of Carnap. But Pap’s critique of Carnap is quite different from Quine’s, and represents the discovery of limits beyond which empiricism cannot go, where there lies nothing other than intuitive knowledge of logic itself. Pap’s arguments for this intuitive knowledge anticipate Etchemendy’s recent critique of the model-theoretic account of logical consequence. Pap’s work also anticipates prominent developments in the contemporary neo-Fregean philosophy of mathematics championed by Wright and Hale. Finally, Pap’s major philosophical preoccupation, the concepts of necessity and possibility, provides distinctive solutions and perspectives on issues of contemporary concern in the metaphysics of modality. In particular, Pap’s account of modality allows us to see the significance of Kripke’s well-known arguments on necessity and apriority in a new light.

This volume will be of interest to all researchers in the philosophical history of the analytic tradition, in philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and contemporary analytic metaphysics.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-43

    SHIEH, SANFORD

  • ON THE MEANING OF NECESSITY (1943)

    Pages 47-55

    KEUPINK, ALFONS (et al.)

  • THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF A PRIORI (1944)

    Pages 57-75

    KEUPINK, ALFONS (et al.)

  • LOGIC AND THE SYNTHETIC A PRIORI (1949)

    Pages 77-90

    KEUPINK, ALFONS (et al.)

  • ARE ALL NECESSARY PROPOSITIONS ANALYTIC? (1949)

    Pages 91-108

    KEUPINK, ALFONS (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Limits of Logical Empiricism
Book Subtitle
Selected Papers of Arthur Pap
Editors
  • Alfons Keupink
  • Sanford Shieh
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
334
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4299-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4299-X
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4298-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7099-9
Series ISSN
0166-6991
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 394
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