Friedrich Waismann

The Open Texture of Analytic Philosophy

  • Dejan Makovec
  • Stewart Shapiro

Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Dejan Makovec
    Pages 1-25
  3. Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Christoph Limbeck-Lilienau
      Pages 29-46
    3. Severin Schroeder, Harry Tomany
      Pages 67-88
    4. Annalisa Coliva
      Pages 89-106
  4. Philosophy and Language

  5. Law, Action, Fiction

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-343

About this book


This edited collection covers Friedrich Waismann's most influential contributions to twentieth-century philosophy of language: his concepts of open texture and language strata, his early criticism of verificationism and the analytic-synthetic distinction, as well as their significance for experimental and legal philosophy.

In addition, Waismann's original papers in ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mathematics are here evaluated. They introduce Waismann's theory of action along with his groundbreaking work on fiction, proper names and Kafka's Trial.

Waismann is known as the voice of Ludwig Wittgenstein in the Vienna Circle. At the same time we find in his works a determined critic of logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy, who anticipated much later developments in the analytic tradition and devised his very own vision for its future. 


Wittgenstein logical positivism ordinary language philosophy twentieth-century analytic philosophy Vienna Circle Wittgenstein Waismann Vienna circle

Editors and affiliations

  • Dejan Makovec
    • 1
  • Stewart Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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