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The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia

  • Radek Schuster

Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia – Essays

  3. The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia – Memoirs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Nina Holton
      Pages 165-172
  4. Reviews

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-204

About this book


This book explores the remarkable interconnections of the Czechoslovak environment and the work and legacy of the Vienna Circle on the philosophical, scientific and artistic level. The Czech lands and later Czechoslovakia were the living and working space for the predecessors and catalysts for Logical Empiricism, such as Bernard Bolzano, Ernst Mach and Albert Einstein, along with key figures in the Vienna Circle such as Philipp Frank and Rudolf Carnap. Moreover, Prague hosted important academic events in which Logical Empiricism was presented to the public, such as the September 1929 1st Conference on the Epistemology of the Exact Sciences, which launched the key manifesto, The Vienna Circle. The Scientific Conception of the World. In addition, this book investigates both the positive and negative receptions of Logical Empiricism within Czech and Slovak intellectual circles. The volume features a selection of contributions to the international conference, The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia, held in Pilsen, Czech Republic, in February 2015. These essays are supplemented by two texts of vivid personal memoirs by Nina Holton and Ladislav Tondl. The book is of interest to scholars and researchers interested in the history of philosophy and science in central Europe and the philosophy of science and the Logical Empiricism of the Vienna Circle.


Central European Culture Czech Positivism Czechoslovak Philosophy Czechoslovakia History of Philosophy History of Science Logical Empiricism Mathematical Fetishism Philosophy of Science Scientific World Conception Vienna Circle

Editors and affiliations

  • Radek Schuster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic

About the editors

Radek Schuster is an assistant professor and the deputy head in the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He focuses on the philosophy and history of science, chiefly the legacy of the Vienna Circle; analytic philosophy and philosophy of language, mainly the work of Wittgenstein; and philosophy of technology, particularly artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. In these three fields of study, respectively, he has conducted his research as a visiting scholar at the University of Vienna / the Institute Vienna Circle (AKTION: 5/2011, 5/2016 and 4–9/2017); the University of Bergen / the Wittgenstein Archives (Norway Grants: 9/2015 and 6/2016); and Indiana University / the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (Fulbright: 9/2016–2/2017). His hobbies include paradoxes and illusions of all kinds.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia
  • Editors Radek Schuster
  • Series Title Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook
  • Series Abbreviated Title Vienna Circle Inst.Yearbook
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36382-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36385-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36383-3
  • Series ISSN 0929-6328
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1818
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Philosophy
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