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This assortment originated at a convention geared up by way of the Institute Vienna Circle and the collage of Vienna at the Vienna Circle and Logical Empiricism and used to be held in Vienna in July 2001. (cf. The Vienna Orcle and Logical Empiricism. second look and destiny views. Edited by means of Frie­ drich Stadler. Dordrecht-Boston-London: Kluwer, 2003, Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook 10). the entire essays during this quantity with one exception are according to talks provided on that party and seem the following for the 1st time. The contributions deal with a extensive diversity of concerns within the philosophy of Rudolf Carnap, yet subject matters stand out. Many authors reply at once or in a roundabout way to objections opposed to a number of elements of Carnap's paintings: the professional gram of Der Logische Aufbau der Welt, his perspectives on ontology and realism, and his explication of disposition predicates. w. v. Quine's shadow looms huge. emerging to the problem, those authors constructively adjust Carnapian principles or discover possible choices with no leaving behind key tenets of his empiri­ cism. As our figuring out of Carnap's paintings in its old context has turn into extra nuanced and specified during the last decade, the room for dis contract over its interpretation has grown. numerous of the papers goal to place the list immediately with recognize to such works as Logische Syntax der Sprache, Der Logische Aufbau der Welt, and Der Raum. This assortment then attests to the ongoing and turning out to be appeal of Carnap's philosophy.

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In what relation does the meaning of this coneept stand with respect to that? Is the meaning of this concept more fundamental than ofthat? What meaning (Inhalt, Gehalt) does this proposition have? ) Is the meaning of this proposition contained in the meaning of that? Does this proposition say more than that? Is what this proposition asserts, neeessary or eontingent or impossible? In what these two propositions say compatible? All these questions refer to the meaning of concepts and propositions.

What expresses itself in language, we cannot express by means of language. Propositions show the logical form of reality. They display it. All philosophy is a 'critique of language' (though not in Mauthner's sense). It was Russell who performed the service of showing that the apparent logical form of a proposition need not be its not be its real form. To understand a proposition means to know what is the case if it is true. ) The totality of true propositions is the whole of natural science (or the whole corpus of the natural science.

Here is the remedy: transform pseudo-objects-sentences into the formal mode of speech, that is, syntactical sentences. It might happen that some philosophicallocutions, for example, "Nothing nothings" are completely mistaken and nothing can save them. The only thing wh ich can be done is to exhibit their nonsensical character (in this case, the word "Nothing" is erroneously taken as a noun). In general, philosophy becomes the logic (syntax) of the scientific language (that is, satisfying the principle of CARNAP'S METAPHILOSOPHY 39 verifiability).

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