Objectivity and Understanding: A New Reading of Carnap's Aufbau

Synthese 192 (5):1543-1557 (2015)

The paper proposes a new reading of the Aufbau, one that contends that Carnap's epistemological project is not, or not only, to identify the conditions under which a system of purely structural definite descriptions can attain objectivity. Rather, the project is more ambitious: to determine the conditions that allow the concomitant attainment of objectivity and understanding. As such, it can, and perhaps should, be regarded as an attempt to refute a view elsewhere called Weylean skepticism, i.e., the view that objectivity and understanding are opposite epistemic ideals of science.
Keywords objectivity  understanding  Carnap  Dilthey  Weyl
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0648-2
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