How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science: To the Icy Slopes of Logic

Cambridge University Press (2005)

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George Reisch
Northwestern University
Abstract
This intriguing and ground-breaking book is the first in-depth study of the development of philosophy of science in the United States during the Cold War. It documents the political vitality of logical empiricism and Otto Neurath's Unity of Science Movement when these projects emigrated to the US in the 1930s and follows their de-politicization by a convergence of intellectual, cultural and political forces in the 1950s. Students of logical empiricism and the Vienna Circle treat these as strictly intellectual non-political projects. In fact, the refugee philosophers of science were highly active politically and debated questions about values inside and outside science, as a result of which their philosophy of science was scrutinized politically both from within and without the profession, by such institutions as J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. It will prove absorbing reading to philosophers and historians of science, intellectual historians, and scholars of Cold War studies.
Keywords Science History  Cold War Influence  Logical positivism
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Call number Q174.8.R45 2005
ISBN(s) 9780511610318   9780521546898
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