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How the Cold War transformed philosophy of science : to the icy slopes of logic

Author: George A Reisch
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is the first in-depth study of the development of philosophy of science in the United States during the Cold War. It documents the political vitality of logical empiricism and Otto Neurath's Unity of Science movement when these projects emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and follows their depoliticization by a convergence of intellectual, cultural, and political forces in the 1950s. Students of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George A Reisch
ISBN: 9780521837972 0521837979 9780521546898 0521546893
OCLC Number: 55886401
Description: xiv, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An introduction to logical empiricism and the unity of science movement in the cold war --
Otto Neurath, Charles Morris, Rudolf Carnap, and Philipp Frank: political philosophers of science --
Leftist philosophy of science in America and the reception of logical empiricism in New York City --
"Doomed in advance to defeat?" John Dewey on reductionism, values, and the international encyclopedia of unified science --
Red philosophy of science: Blumberg, Malisoff, Somerville, and early philosophy of science --
The view from the left:logical empiricism and communist philosophers --
The view from the far left:logical empiricism and communist philosophers --
Postwar disillusionment, anti-intellectualism, and the values debate --
Horace Kallen's attack on the unity of science --
Creeping totalitarianism, creeping scholasticism: Neurath, Frank, and the trouble with semantics --
Frank's Neurathian crusade: science, englightenment, and values --
"A very fertile field for investigation": anticollectivism and anticommunism in popular and academic culture --
Anticommunist investigations, loyalty oaths, and the wrath of sidney hook --
Competing programs for postwar philosophy of science --
Freedom celebrated: the professional decline of Philipp Frank and the unity of science movement --
The marginalization of Charles Morris --
Values, Axioms, and the icy slopes of logic --
Professionalism, power, and what might have been.
Responsibility: George A. Reisch.
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