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Who Killed The Logical Positivism?

Author(s): Constantin Stoenescu
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: Criterion of demarcation; the Vienna Circle; Karl Popper

Summary/Abstract: In his book Unended Quest – An Intellectual Autobiography, Popper wrote that he has been ready to assume the responsibility for the so called death of logical positivism. Indeed, the relation between Popper and the Vienna Circle was a critical one, but we can ask and doubt, of course, if the criticism enlarged by Popper upon the positivistic topics was conclusive and mortal for them. This article casts a glance over the beginnings of the Vienna Circle and try to settle the Popperʹs role in the development of the debates inside the Circle, although Popper wasnʹt in fact a member of it. If the Circle assimilated partly some of the Popperʹs thoughts and insights and why Popper became an official opponent of the Circle are two matters which can be enlightened only through a closer examination of some topical connections, among them, two verificationistic issues, the problem of the demarcation criterion and the epistemic statute of basic propositions. After all, Popper neither replaced Wittgenstein as kind of influence upon the Circle, nor pulled down positivistic cornerstones.

  • Issue Year: I/2007
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 53-69
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Romanian
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