Carnap’s ‘Elimination of Metaphysics Through Logical Analysis of Language’. A Retrospective Consideration of the Relationship between Continental and. Sep 12, Carnap’s ‘Elimination Of Metaphysics’. by V. Brushlinsky. What does Carnap understand by the ‘metaphysics’ which he is trying to overcome?. “Die Wende der Philosophie,” published in the first number of. Erkenntnis in , Carnap’s “Die alte und die neue Logik,” also published in the first issue of.
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Logical Positivism – Elimination of Metaphysics (Mauro Murzi’s pages on Philosophy of Science)
Carnap divides all propositions having a meaning into three classes: These propositions, according to Carnap, say nothing of reality. Among these he counts the formulae of logic and mathematics.
Now propositions that do not belong to any one of these classes are devoid of all sense. Carnap proceeds to enumerate the metaphysical trends which he is combating. It is equally dear that Carnap’s eliminatjon is not very original.
This language analysis reveals that there are word combinations which look like propositions at first glance but which actually are not propositions at all. This is because either the words appearing in them are meaningless or, if they have a meaning, they are combined in such a way as to break the laws of logic.
In order that a word should have a meaning, it must, according to Carnap, satisfy the following conditions: According to Catnap, this word has lost its primary, naive meaning but failed elikination acquire any other.
Further, he gives some examples of meaningless combinations of meaningful words. It is quite typical of the decadent, degenerate philosophy of the modern bourgeoisie which, feeling the ground slipping from under its feet, is trying to escape into metpahysics mysticism, away from reality which no longer promises its lasting domination over the toiling masses. But Carnap is only interested in formal logic and is concerned with nothing but the scholastic analysis of individual words and propositions.
CARNAP’S “ELIMINATION OF METAPHYSICS THROUGH LOGICAL ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE”
But even in this, Carnap tries to present himself as an irreconcilable opponent of metaphysics: It is obvious that there is no question here of an actual overcoming of metaphysics. There is not even any understanding of metaphysics.
Declaring war on all metaphysics, Carnap himself sinks into the phenomenalist type of metaphysics which asserts that the task of science is simply to provide the most convenient description of phenomena. The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnaped. Open Court,pp. Embedded in this essay is the article by V. No title, translator, or page numbers are given; the reference cited is Pod Znamenem Marksisma [Under the Banner of Marxism] Ludwig Wittgenstein and Constructed Languages: Wittgenstein, Esperanto by T.
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