Rudolf Carnap’s Incorporation of the Geisteswissenschaften in the Aufbau

Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 7 (2):199-225 (2017)
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This article investigates the various ways in which Rudolf Carnap incorporated contemporary epistemological problems concerning the Geisteswissenschaften in Der logische Aufbau der Welt. I argue that Carnap defends a nonreductive incorporation of the Geisteswissenschaften within the unity of science. To this end Carnap aims to solve the problem of individuality, which was the focus of attention for important philosophers of the Geisteswissenschaften such as Wilhelm Dilthey, Heinrich Rickert, and Wilhelm Windelband. At the same time, Carnap argues that his constitutional method, which transforms cultural objects into psychological or physical objects, does not imply a loss of autonomy for the Geisteswissenschaften. Besides this defense of autonomy, Carnap incorporates several central notions of the contemporary theory of the Geisteswissenschaften into his theory of the Aufbau: cultural manifestation, the phenomenology of cultural experience, and the method of Verstehen.



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Der Logische Aufbau der Welt.Rudolf Carnap - 1928 - Hamburg: Meiner Verlag.
Reconsidering Logical Positivism.Michael Friedman - 1999 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
The logical structure of the world.Rudolf Carnap - 1967 - Chicago and La Salle, Ill.: Open Court. Edited by Rudolf Carnap.

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