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  1. Mental Imagery.Alan W. Richardson - 1969 - Routledge.
     
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    Carnap’s Construction of the World: The Aufbau and the Emergence of Logical Empiricism.Alan W. Richardson - 1997 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    This book is a major contribution to the history of analytic philosophy in general and of logical positivism in particular. It provides the first detailed and comprehensive study of Rudolf Carnap, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century philosophy. The focus of the book is Carnap's first major work: Der logische Aufbau der Welt. It reveals tensions within the context of German epistemology and philosophy of science in the early twentieth century. Alan Richardson argues that Carnap's move to philosophy (...)
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  3. Reconsidering Logical Positivism.Michael Friedman & Alan W. Richardson - 1999 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 62 (1):152-155.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism.Alan Richardson & Thomas Uebel (eds.) - 2007 - Cambridge University Press.
    If there is a movement or school that epitomizes analytic philosophy in the middle of the twentieth century, it is logical empiricism. Logical empiricists created a scientifically and technically informed philosophy of science, established mathematical logic as a topic in and tool for philosophy, and initiated the project of formal semantics. Accounts of analytic philosophy written in the middle of the twentieth century gave logical empiricism a central place in the project. The second wave of interpretative accounts was constructed to (...)
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  5. Objectivity in Science: New Perspectives From Science and Technology Studies.Flavia Padovani, Alan Richardson & Jonathan Y. Tsou (eds.) - 2015 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 310. Springer.
    This highly multidisciplinary collection discusses an increasingly important topic among scholars in science and technology studies: objectivity in science. It features eleven essays on scientific objectivity from a variety of perspectives, including philosophy of science, history of science, and feminist philosophy. Topics addressed in the book include the nature and value of scientific objectivity, the history of objectivity, and objectivity in scientific journals and communities. Taken individually, the essays supply new methodological tools for theorizing what is valuable in the pursuit (...)
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    Origins of Logical Empiricism. Minnesota Studies in Philosophy of Science, Vol. XVI.Ronald N. Giere & Alan W. Richardson (eds.) - 1996 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
    This latest volume in the eminent Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science series examines the main features of the intellectual milieu from which logical empiricism sprang, providing the first critical exploration of this context by ...
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  7. Occasions for an Empirical History of Philosophy of Science: American Philosophers of Science at Work in the 1950s and 1960s.Alan Richardson - 2012 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 2 (1):1-20.
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    Carnap's Construction of the World.Alan W. Richardson - 2000 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 60 (3):717-720.
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  9. 'That Sort of Everyday Image of Logical Positivism': Thomas Kuhn and the Decline of Logical Empiricist Philosophy of Science.Alan Richardson - 2007 - In A. Richardson & T. Uebel (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Logical Empiricism. Cambridge University Press. pp. 346--370.
     
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    Logical Empiricism in North America.Gary L. Hardcastle & Alan W. Richardson (eds.) - 1956 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
    "An essential overview of an important intellectual movement, Logical Empiricism in North America offers the first significant, sustained, and multidisciplinary attempt to understand the intellectual, cultural, and political dimensions of ...
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  11. Engineering Philosophy of Science: American Pragmatism and Logical Empiricism in the 1930s.Alan W. Richardson - 2002 - Proceedings of the Philosophy of Science Association 2002 (3):S36-S47.
    This essay examines logical empiricism and American pragmatism, arguing that American philosophy's embrace of logical empiricism in the 1930s was not a turning away from Dewey's pragmatism. It places both movements within scientific philosophy and finds two key points on which they agreed: their revolutionary ambitions and their social engineering sensibility. The essay suggests that the disagreement over emotivism in ethics should be placed within the context of a larger issue on which the movements disagreed: demarcationism and imperialism.
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    A Critical Context For Longino’s Critical Contextual Empiricism.Miriam Solomon & Alan Richardson - 2005 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (1):211-222.
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    Two Dogmas About Logical Empiricism: Carnap and Quine on Logic, Epistemology, and Empiricism.Alan Richardson - 1997 - Philosophical Topics 25 (2):145-168.
  14. Narrating the History of Reason Itself: Friedman, Kuhn, and a Constitutive a Priori for the Twenty-First Century.Alan W. Richardson - 2002 - Perspectives on Science 10 (3):253-274.
    : This essay explores some themes in use of a relativized Kantian a priori in the work of Thomas Kuhn and Michael Friedman. It teases out some shared and some divergent beliefs and attitudes in these two philosophers by comparing their characteristic questions and problems to the questions and problems that seem most appropriately to attend to an adequate understanding of games and their histories. It argues for a way forward within a relativized Kantian framework that is suggested but not (...)
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    Experience and Prediction: An Analysis of the Foundations and the Structure of Knowledge.Alan W. Richardson & Hans Reichenbach - 1938 - Chicago, IL, USA: University of Notre Dame Press.
    Hans Reichenbach was a formidable figure in early-twentieth-century philosophy of science. Educated in Germany, he was influential in establishing the so-called Berlin Circle, a companion group to the Vienna Circle founded by his colleague Rudolph Carnap. The movement they founded—usually known as "logical positivism," although it is more precisely known as "scientific philosophy" or "logical empiricism"—was a form of epistemology that privileged scientific over metaphysical truths. Reichenbach, like other young philosophers of the exact sciences of his generation, was deeply impressed (...)
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  16. Logical Empiricism, American Pragmatism, and the Fate of Scientific Philosophy in North America.Alan W. Richardson - forthcoming - Logical Empiricism in North America:1.
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    Scientific Philosophy as a Topic for History of Science.Alan Richardson - 2008 - Isis 99 (1):88-96.
    In lieu of a programmatic argument about the general relations of history of science and philosophy of science, this essay offers a particular topic in the history of philosophy of science that should be of interest to both historians and philosophers of science. It argues that questions typical of contemporary history of science could illuminate the recent history of philosophy of science and analytic philosophy. It also suggests that the history of scientific philosophy is a particularly fruitful arena for historians (...)
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    Engineering Philosophy of Science: American Pragmatism and Logical Empiricism in the 1930s.Alan W. Richardson - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (S3):S36-S47.
    This essay examines logical empiricism and American pragmatism, arguing that American philosophy's embrace of logical empiricism in the 1930s was not a turning away from Dewey's pragmatism. It places both movements within scientific philosophy and finds two key points on which they agreed: their revolutionary ambitions and their social engineering sensibility. The essay suggests that the disagreement over emotivism in ethics should be placed within the context of a larger issue on which the movements disagreed: demarcationism and imperialism.
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  19. Taking the Measure of Carnap's Philosophical Engineering : Metalogic as Metrology.Alan Richardson - 2013 - In Erich H. Reck (ed.), The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 60--77.
     
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    Logical Idealism and Carnap's Construction of the World.Alan W. Richardson - 1992 - Synthese 93 (1-2):59 - 92.
  21. The Many Unities of Science: Politics, Semantics, and Ontology.Alan W. Richardson - 2006 - In Stephen H. Kellert, Helen Longino & C. Kenneth Waters (eds.), Scientific Pluralism. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 1--25.
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  22. Imagery: Definition and Types.Alan Richardson - 1983 - In Anees A. Sheikh (ed.), Imagery: Current Theory, Research, and Application. Wiley. pp. 3--42.
     
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  23. Ernst Cassirer and Michael Friedman : Kantian or Hegelian Dynamics of Reason?Alan Richardson - 2010 - In Michael Friedman, Mary Domski & Michael Dickson (eds.), Discourse on a New Method: Reinvigorating the Marriage of History and Philosophy of Science. Open Court.
     
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    Science as Will and Representation: Carnap, Reichenbach, and the Sociology of Science.Alan W. Richardson - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):162.
    This essay explores some of the issues raised as regards the relations of philosophy and sociology of science in the work of Rudolf Carnap and Hans Reichenbach. It argues that Hans Reichenbach's distinction between the contexts of discovery and justification should not be seen as erecting a principled normative/descriptive distinction that demarcates philosophy of science from sociology of science. The essay also raises certain issues about the role of volition, decision, and the limits of epistemological concern in the work of (...)
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  25. From Epistemology to the Logic of Science: Carnap’s Philosophy of Empirical Knowledge in the 1930s.Alan W. Richardson - 1996 - In Ronald Giere & Alan W. Richardson (eds.), Origins of Logical Empiricism. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis. pp. 309--332.
     
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  26. Metaphilosophy and the History of the Philosophy of Science-Relations Between Philosophy of Science and Sociology of Science in Central Europe, 1914-1945-Logical Empiricism and the Sociology Of. [REVIEW]Alan W. Richardson & Thomas E. Uebel - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):S138-S150.
    Logical Empiricism is commonly regarded as uninterested in, if not hostile to sociological investigations of science. This paper reconstructs the views of Otto Neurath and Philipp Frank on the legitimacy and relevance of sociological investigations of theory choice. It is argued that while there obtains a surprising degree of convergence between their programmatic pronouncements and the Strong Programme, the two types of project nevertheless remain distinct. The key to this difference lies in the different assessment of a supposed dilemma facing (...)
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    Conceiving, Experiencing, and Conceiving Experiencing: Neo-Kantianism and the History of the Concept of Experience.Alan W. Richardson - 2003 - Topoi 22 (1):55-67.
    It is often claimed that epistemological thought divides around the issue of the place of experience in knowledge: While empiricists argue that experience is the only legitimate source of knowledge, rationalists find other such sources. The trouble with such accounts is not that they are wrong, but that they are incomplete. On occasion, epistemological differences run deeper, raising the very notion of experience as an issue for epistemology. This paper looks at two epistemological debates which concerned not simply the place (...)
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    Legitimating Transnational Standard-Setting: The Case of the International Accounting Standards Board.Alan J. Richardson & Burkard Eberlein - 2011 - Journal of Business Ethics 98 (2):217-245.
    The increasing use of transnational standard-setting bodies to address quality uncertainties and coordination issues across the global economy raises questions about how these bodies establish and maintain their legitimacy and accountability outside the sovereignty of democratic states. Based on a discussion of the legitimacy challenge posed by global governance, we provide an overview of mechanisms by which such bodies can defend their legitimacy claims and examine the actual mechanisms used by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). While the IASB staked (...)
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    Explanation: Pragmatics and Asymmetry. [REVIEW]Alan Richardson - 1995 - Philosophical Studies 80 (2):109 - 129.
  30. But What Then Am I, This Inexhaustible, Unfathomable Historical Self? Or, Upon What Ground May One Commit Empiricism?Alan Richardson - 2011 - Synthese 178 (1):143 - 154.
    This essay examines the perspective from which Bas van Fraassen, in his book, The Empirical Stance, explains the project of empiricism. I argue that this perspective is a robustly transcendental perspective, which suggests that the tradition of empiricism lacks the resources to explain itself. I offer an alternative history of epistemic voluntarism in twentieth-century philosophy to the history van Fraassen himself provides, one that finds the novelty in van Fraassen's own views to be precisely his reintroduction of the knowing mind (...)
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    How Not to Russell Carnap's Aufbau.Alan Richardson - 1990 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:3-14.
    On the standard interpretation Rudolf Carnap's Der logische Aufbau der Welt amounts to a highly derivative work-a rigorous thinking through of Russell's External World program. An examination of the aims and methods of logical analysis reveals significant differences between the epistemologies of Russell and Carnap, however. It is argued that Russell's reliance on acquaintance makes logical analysis subservient to empiricist epistemic concerns while Carnap is determined to carry out a broadly Kantian program of guaranteeing the objectivity of science through the (...)
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  32. ‘The Tenacious, Malleable, Indefatigible, and Yet, Eternally Modifiable Will’: Hans Reichenbach’s Knowing Subject.Alan W. Richardson - 2005 - Proceedings of Aristotelian Society 79:73 -- 87.
     
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  33. The Limits of Tolerance: Carnap’s Logico-Philosophical Project in Logical Syntax.Alan W. Richardson - 1994 - Proceedings of Aristotelian Society:67--82.
     
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    Freedom in a Scientific Society: Reading the Context of Reichenbach's Contexts.Alan Richardson - 2006 - In Jutta Schickore & Friedrich Steinle (eds.), Revisiting Discovery and Justification. Springer. pp. 41--54.
    The distinction between the contexts of discovery and justification, this distinction dear to the projects of logical empiricism, was, as is well known, introduced in precisely those terms by Hans Reichenbach in his Experience and Prediction (Reichenbach 1938). Thus, while the idea behind the distinction has a long history before Reichenbach, this text from 1938 plays a salient role in how the distinction became canonical in the work of philosophers of science in the mid twentieth century. The new contextualist history (...)
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    Introduction: Objectivity in Science.Jonathan Y. Tsou, Alan Richardson & Flavia Padovani - 2015 - In Jonathan Y. Tsou, Alan Richardson & Flavia Padovani (eds.), Objectivity in Science. Springer Verlag. pp. 1-15.
  36. 'The Fact of Science' and the Critique of Knowledge: Exact Science as Problem and Resource in Marburg Neo-Kantianism.Alan Richardson - 2006 - In Michael Friedman & Alfred Nordmann (eds.), The Kantian Legacy in Nineteenth-Century Science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. pp. 211-226.
     
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  37. Tolerating Semantics: Carnap’s Philosophical Point of View.Alan W. Richardson - 2004 - In Steven Awodey & Carsten Klein (eds.), Carnap Brought Home: The View From Jena. The Open Court: Chicago. pp. 63--78.
     
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    Due Process and Standard-Setting: An Analysis of Due Process in Three Canadian Accounting and Auditing Standard-Setting Bodies.Alan J. Richardson - 2008 - Journal of Business Ethics 81 (3):679-696.
    Due process is the means by which ethical constraints are placed on administrative decision-making. I have developed a model of variation in due process and use this model to explore the implementation of “due process” norms by three standard-setting bodies that are created, funded, and overseen by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants – the Accounting Standards Board, the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. I conducted two analyses: a comparative analysis of the implementation (...)
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  39. A Theological Word Book of the Bible.Alan Richardson - 1951
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    The Geometry of Knowledge: Lewis, Becker, Carnap and the Formalization of Philosophy in the 1920s.Alan Richardson - 2003 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (1):165-182.
    On an ordinary view of the relation of philosophy of science to science, science serves only as a topic for philosophical reflection, reflection that proceeds by its own methods and according to its own standards. This ordinary view suggests a way of writing a global history of philosophy of science that finds substantially the same philosophical projects being pursued across widely divergent scientific eras. While not denying that this view is of some use regarding certain themes of and particular time (...)
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    Literature and the Cognitive Revolution.Alan Richardson & Francis F. Steen - 2002 - Duke University Press.
    Since the 1950s, the cognitive revolution has been transforming work in psychology, linguistics, and anthropology. Literary scholars, however, have only recently begun to grapple with the significance of cognitive understandings of language, mind, and behavior for literary and cultural studies. This unique issue of Poetics Today brings the concerns of literary history and cultural studies for the first time into a sustained and productive dialogue with cognitive methods, findings, and paradigms.The introduction situates the collection in relation to previous work, defines (...)
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    Signal Transduction Through Integrins: A Central Role for Focal Adhesion Kinase?Alan Richardson & J. Thomas Parsons - 1995 - Bioessays 17 (3):229-236.
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    Holism and the Constitution of “Experience in its Entirety” Cassirer Contra Quine on the Lessons of Duhem.Alan W. Richardson - 2015 - In Sebastian Luft & J. Tyler Friedman (eds.), The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: A Novel Assessment. De Gruyter. pp. 103-122.
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    Eidetic Imagery, Occipital EEG Activity, and Palinopsia.Alan Richardson - 1979 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (4):613-613.
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    An Existentialist Theology: A Comparison of Heidegger and Bultmann.Alan Richardson - 1957 - Philosophical Quarterly 7 (27):189.
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    Carnap's Principle of Tolerance.Alan Richardson & Dan Isaacson - 1994 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 68 (1):67 - 83.
    I see the perspective of Tolerance as enshrining an attitude toward philosophical work that stresses its continuity with the procedures of conceptual clarification through mathematisation found in the sciences. What I have tried to show is that Carnap's understanding of the philosophical foundations of mathematics is inseparable from his understanding of the business of philosophy of empirical science.
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    Metaphysics and Idealism in the Aufbau.Alan Richardson - 1992 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 43 (1):45-72.
    The received view of the anti-metaphysics of Camap's Aufbau finds that it rests exclusively on verificationism. Alberto Coffa has recently put forward an interpretation of the antimetaphysical stance that claims that Camap was confusedly moving from ontological to semantical ideahsm. After raising objections to both of these views another interpretation is put forward. The crucial aspect of Camap's rejection of metaphysics rests on his reinterpretation of epistemology as the logic of objective knowledge. This leads to a rejection of metaphysics inasmuch (...)
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    Review of The Semantic Tradition From Kant to Carnap: To the Vienna Station by Alberto Coffa. [REVIEW]Alan Richardson - 1994 - Philosophy of Science 61 (1):142-144.
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    Philosophy of Science and Its Rational Reconstructions: Remarks on the VPI Program for Testing Philosophies of Science.Alan W. Richardson - 1992 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:36 - 46.
    In this paper I argue that the program of L. Laudan et al for empirically testing historiographical philosophies of science ("the VPI program") does not succeed in providing a consistent naturalist program in philosophy of science. In particular, the VPI program endorses a nonnaturalist metamethodology that insists on a hypothetico-deductive structure to scientific testing. But hypothetico-deductivism seems to be both inadequate as an account of scientific theory testing in general and fundamentally at odds with most of the historiographic philosophies under (...)
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  50. Pierre Wagner : Carnap’s Logical Syntax of Language. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009, 288pp, £57.00 HB. [REVIEW]Alan Richardson - 2011 - Metascience 20 (3):599-600.
    Pierre Wagner (ed.): Carnap’s logical syntax of language . Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009, 288pp, £57.00 HB Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-2 DOI 10.1007/s11016-011-9522-8 Authors Alan Richardson, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, 1866 Main Mall—E370, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Canada Journal Metascience Online ISSN 1467-9981 Print ISSN 0815-0796.
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