Logical Empiricism and Pragmatism

  • Sami Pihlström
  • Friedrich Stadler
  • Niels Weidtmann

Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook book series (VCIY, volume 19)

About this book


This book explores the complexity of two philosophical traditions, extending from their origins to the current developments in neopragmatism. Chapters deal with the first encounters of these traditions and beyond, looking at metaphysics and the Vienna circle as well as semantics and the principle of tolerance. There is a general consensus that North-American (neo-)pragmatism and European Logical Empiricism were converging philosophical traditions, especially after the forced migration of the European Philosophers. But readers will discover a pluralist image of this relation and interaction with an obvious family resemblance.

This work clarifies and specifies the common features and differences of these currents since the beginning of their mutual scientific communication in the 19th century. The book draws on collaboration between authors and philosophers from Vienna, Tübingen, and Helsinki, and their networks. It will appeal to philosophers, scholars in the history of philosophy, philosophers of science, pragmatists and beyond.


pragmatism logical empiricism logical positivism Vienna Circle (Wiener Kreis) ontology metaphysics neopragmatism principle of tolerance semantics philosophy of science history and philosophy of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Sami Pihlström
    • 1
  • Friedrich Stadler
    • 2
  • Niels Weidtmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of Helsinki HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Institut Wiener KreisUniversität Wien ViennaAustria
  3. 3.Forum ScientiarumUniversität Tübingen Forum ScientiarumTübingenGermany

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