On Carnap's Elimination of Metaphysics

P. M. S Hacker

in Wittgenstein: Connections and Controversies

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245697
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602245 | DOI:
 On Carnap's Elimination of Metaphysics

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Carnap’s 1931–2 paper ‘The Elimination of Metaphysics through the Logical Analysis of Language’ is surveyed, and Carnap’s criticisms of metaphysics are elucidated. The relationship between Carnap’s views and the critique of metaphysics of the Tractatus is described. Carnap’s criticisms of metaphysics are compared with Wittgenstein’s later critique of metaphysics.

Keywords: grammatical propositions; metaphysics; necessary truth; norms of representation; R. Carnap; Tractatus; Vienna Circle

Chapter.  9354 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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