Carnap's ramseyfications defended

This paper seeks to evaluate the potential of the Newman objection to function as an immanent critique of Carnap's use of the Ramsey method of regimenting scientific theories. Stress is laid on the distinctive way in which ramseyfications are used by Carnap to formulate the analytic/synthetic distinction for the theoretical language and on the difference between the ontological and the epistemic readings of the Newman objection. While the former reading of the Newman objection is rejected as trading on an assumption that Carnap did not share, the latter is accepted as critical. It is argued to turn on overlooking that the Ramsey sentence constitutes an idealization concerning which our normal expectations of what theories are like are bound to be frustrated. This idealisation need not reflect Carnap's considered view but can be regarded as adopted solely for the project of semantic explication. The distinctions drawn in the course of the argument also help to motivate Carnap's abstention from the discourse of realism and its denial
Keywords Rudolf Carnap  Ramsey sentences  Carnap sentences  Analytic/synthetic distinction  Empirical adequacy  Underdetermination
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s13194-010-0003-5
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 25,727
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
How to Define Theoretical Terms.David Lewis - 1970 - Journal of Philosophy 67 (13):427-446.
The Structure of Scientific Theories.Frederick Suppe (ed.) - 1974 - Urbana, University of Illinois Press.

View all 32 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Empirical Equivalence in the Quine-Carnap Debate.Eric J. Loomis - 2006 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (4):499–508.
Carnap and Translational Indeterminacy.William H. Berge - 1995 - Synthese 105 (1):115 - 121.
Geometrical Leitmotifs in Carnap’s Early Philosophy.Thomas Mormann - 2007 - In Richard Creath & Michael Friedman (eds.), Cambridge Companion to Rudolf Carnap. Cambridge University Press.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

42 ( #118,161 of 2,146,284 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #386,104 of 2,146,284 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums