The 'Umbau' - from Constitution Theory to Constructional Ontology

History of Philosophy Quarterly 14 (3):305 - 348 (1997)
The paper traces, historically and systematically, the influence of Carnap’s philosophical program on the writings of Nelson Goodman, focusing on the relationship between Carnap’s Aufbau and Goodman’s Structure of Appearance. In particular, drawing on unpublished material from the Carnap Research Archives, I show that Carnap had already anticipated Goodman’s criticism of the method of quasi-analysis and that Goodman misconstrued the status of this procedure on several counts. I also argue that Carnap’s anti-metaphysical stance left his approach with an explanatory deficit which Goodman’s pragmatist pluralism is able to address.
Keywords Rudolph Carnap  Nelson Goodman  Quasi-analysis  history of analytical ontology
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