Philipp Frank’s Austro-American Logical Empiricism


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Thomas Mormann
University of the Basque Country
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The aim of this paper is to discuss the “Austro-American” logical empiricism proposed by physicist and philosopher Philipp Frank, particularly his interpretation of Carnap’s Aufbau, which he considered the charter of logical empiricism as a scientific world conception. According to Frank, the Aufbau was to be read as an integration of the ideas of Mach and Poincaré, leading eventually to a pragmatism quite similar to that of the American pragmatist William James. Relying on this peculiar interpretation, Frank intended to bring about a rapprochement between the logical empiricism of the Vienna Circle in exile and American pragmatism. In the course of this project, in the last years of his career, Frank outlined a comprehensive, socially engaged philosophy of science that could serve as a “link between science and philosophy”.
Keywords Logical Empiricism  American Pragmatism  Philipp Frank  Rudolf Carnap  William James  Ernst Mach  Aufbau
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DOI 10.1086/687595
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