Ogden and the Vienna Circle

James McElvenny

in Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9781474425032
Published online September 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781474444859 | DOI:
Ogden and the Vienna Circle

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This chapter investigates the contact and collaboration between C. K. Ogden and the Vienna Circle philosophers Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap, which was chiefly driven by Ogden and centred around his project Basic English. The aspects of philosophy of language and social engagement that united Ogden with Neurath and Carnap are first examined in detail. Attention then turns to Neurath’s picture statistics, which through collaboration with Ogden evolved into Isotype, a contribution to the international language movement aligned with Basic. Finally, the relationship between Ogden, Carnap and Neurath as revealed in their correspondence is discussed, along with their shared fate in the post-World War II intellectual environment.

Keywords: Vienna Circle; Carnap; Neurath; Lockhart; Stebbing; Isotype; Basic English

Chapter.  19389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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