Multitude, tolerance and language-transcendence

Synthese 187 (3):833-847 (2012)
Abstract
Rudolf Carnap's 1930s philosophy of logic, including his adherence to the principle of tolerance, is discussed. What theses did Carnap commit himself to, exactly? I argue that while Carnap did commit himself to a certain multitude thesis—there are different logics of different languages, and the choice between these languages is merely a matter of expediency—there is no evidence that he rejected a language-transcendent notion of fact, contrary to what Warren Goldfarb and Thomas Ricketts have prominently argued. (In fact, it is obscure just what Goldfarb and Ricketts claim about Carnap). Toward the end I critically discuss Michael Friedman's suggestion that Carnap believed in a relative a priori
Keywords Rudolf Carnap  Multitude  Tolerance  Conventionalism  Language-transcendence  A priori  Kurt Gödel  Warren Goldfarb  Thomas Ricketts  Michael Friedman
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