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Carnap's Pragmatism

Surovell, Jonathan (2013) Carnap's Pragmatism. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Carnap is widely seen as a founding father of the view that metaphysical debates do not concern any substantive issue. My dissertation argues against this line of interpretation. I propose a reading on which Carnap’s views on metaphysics and language, and in particular, his Principle of Tolerance and verificationism, derive from his pragmatism, i.e., from the thesis that scientific language is an instrument whose function is to aid in the derivation of observational knowledge. I argue that, so understood, various controversial aspects of Carnap’s philosophy are plausible.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRicketts, Thomasricketts@pitt.eduRICKETTS
Committee MemberWilson, Markwilsonma@pitt.eduWILSONMA
Committee MemberShaw,
Committee MemberBelnap, Nuelbelnap@pitt.eduBELNAP
Date: 18 October 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 June 2013
Approval Date: 18 October 2013
Submission Date: 11 August 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 149
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: verificationism, logical positivism, semantics, metaphysics, ontology, Carnap, the Vienna Circle, analytic philosophy, pragmatism
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2013 16:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:15

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