Philosophy of Science 72 (5):826-838 (2005)

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Greg Frost-Arnold
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Two central and well-known philosophical goals of the logical empiricists are the unification of science and the elimination of metaphysics. I argue, via textual analysis, that these two apparently distinct planks of the logical empiricist party platform are actually intimately related. From the 1920’s through 1950, one abiding criterion for judging whether an apparently declarative assertion or descriptive term is metaphysical is that that assertion or term cannot be incorporated into a language of unified science. I explore various versions of this criterion throughout the works of Carnap and Neurath.
Keywords Logical Positivism   Reduction   Philosophy of Science   Carnap
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DOI 10.1086/508113
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