SOPhiA 2013

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Über Rudolf Carnap's Aufbau und seine Interpretationen
(Metaphysik & Ontologie, Englisch)

In my talk I deal with the topic, which gained its importance in 1990s. At that time scholars such as Alan Richardson and Michael Friedman raised the question about the way in which Rudolf Carnap's ''Der logische Aufbau der Welt'' should or can be interpreted. More importantly they raised several objections against the received view of Carnap's early work and pointed out to a wider variety of inspirations that influenced him. The received view was established mainly by Wilard V. O. Quine, Alfred J. Ayer and Nelson Goodman. All three of them read Aufbau as an attempt to realise empiricists project formulated at the beginning of 20th century by Bertrand Russell. That is the ground of the phenomenalist, reductionist reading of the discussed book. This view focuses on the particular constitutional system developed by Carnap in Aufbau. Friedman and Richardson on the other hand persuade quite convincingly that Carnap's aim was more general and consisted of creating a constitutional theory, a methodology of creating all sorts of systems, and that phenomenalist system presented in the book serves only as an exemplification. I carry on the task to support Friedman and Richardson's views in the following order. Firstly, I will present the project of Aufbau. Secondly, I will give an account of classical interpretations of Aufbau. Thirdly, modern interpretations of the given book will be described. Finally, I will attempt to discuss a change that occurred with respect to the reception of Aufbau, i.e. a shift from classical to modern interpretations.

Chair: Alberto Tassoni
Zeit: 17:30-18:00, 12. September 2013 (Donnerstag)
Ort: HS 101

Rafal Wodzisz
(John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Polen)

Rafal Wodzisz (MA phil.). John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. 2010 master in philosophy; thesis about dispositional essentialism; 2012 baccalaureate in Germanistik (German philology); thesis about Günter Grass' Im Krebsgang. Publications in philosophy of science, methodology, CSR.

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