David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:25 - 37 (1990)
The purpose of this paper is to undermine Paul Feyerabend's claim, which is crucial to the success of his analysis of Positivism, that the Pragmatic Theory of Observation was first developed by Rudolf Carnap in his early discussions of protocol sentences. Rather, it will be argued that Carnap's conception of protocols was founded on considerations drawn from his conception of language so that Carnap's reasons for endorsing certain aspects of the Pragmatic Theory are nothing like Feyerabend's. Moreover, Carnap never approved the final conclusion of the Pragmatic Theory, that observational reports are distinguished by their causes. These historical conclusions provide the basis for arguing that, despite Feyerabend's critique, Carnap's later views (in "The Methodological Character of Theoretical Concepts") clearly countenance theoretical influences on observational statements.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Robert E. Butts (1966). Feyerabend and the Pragmatic Theory of Observation. Philosophy of Science 33 (4):383-394.
G. S. Axtell (1990). Logicism, Pragmatism, and Metascience: Towards a Pancritical Pragmatic Theory of Meta-Level Discourse. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:39 - 49.
Jaakko Hintikka (ed.) (1975). Rudolf Carnap, Logical Empiricist: Materials and Perspectives. D. Reidel Pub. Co..
James Child (1971). On the Theoretical Dependence of Correspondence Postulates. Philosophy of Science 38 (2):170-177.
Peter Achinstein (1984). The Pragmatic Character of Explanation. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:275 - 292.
Thomas Mormann (2012). Toward a Theory of the Pragmatic A Priori. From Carnap to Lewis and Beyond. Rudolf Carnap and the Legacy of Logical Empiricism 16:113 - 132.
Brigitte Falkenburg (2012). Pragmatic Unification, Observation and Realism in Astroparticle Physics. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (2):327-345.
Burke Townsend (1970). Feyerabend's Pragmatic Theory of Observation and the Comparability of Alternative Theories. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1970:202 - 211.
Michael Friedman (2011). Carnap on Theoretical Terms: Structuralism Without Metaphysics. [REVIEW] Synthese 180 (2):249 - 263.
Stathis Psillos (2008). Carnap and Incommensurability. Philosophical Inquiry 30 (1-2):135-156.
Harold I. Brown (1995). Empirical Testing. Inquiry 38 (4):353 – 399.
Mauro Murzi, Carnap, Rudolf. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads10 ( #157,089 of 1,140,334 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #140,127 of 1,140,334 )
How can I increase my downloads?