Hans Reichenbach: Logical Empiricist

  • Wesley C. Salmon

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 132)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Wesley C. Salmon
    Pages 1-84
  3. F. John Clendinnen
    Pages 85-128
  4. Bas C. Van Fraassen
    Pages 129-167
  5. Clark Glymour
    Pages 221-237
  6. Keith Lehrer
    Pages 239-250
  7. Andreas Kamlah
    Pages 251-265
  8. J. Alberto Coffa
    Pages 267-304
  9. Laurent A. Beauregard
    Pages 305-320
  10. Adolf Grünbaum, Allen I. Janis
    Pages 321-339
  11. O. Costa de Beauregard
    Pages 341-366
  12. Donald Richard Nilson
    Pages 427-474
  13. Gary M. Hardegree
    Pages 475-512
  14. Merrilee H. Salmon
    Pages 625-636
  15. Wesley C. Salmon
    Pages 655-696
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 731-791

About this book


Logical empiricism - not to be confused with logical positivism (see pp. 40-44) - is a movement which has left an indelible mark on twentieth­ century philosophy; Hans Reichenbach (1891-1953) was one of its found­ ers and one of its most productive advocates. His sudden and untimely death in 1953 halted his work when he was at the height of his intellectual powers; nevertheless, he bequeathed to us a handsome philosophical inheritance. At the present time, twenty-five years later, we can survey our heritage and see to what extent we have been enriched. The present collection of essays constitutes an effort to do just that - to exhibit the scope and unity of Reichenbach's philosophy, and its relevance to current philosophical issues. There is no Nobel Prize in philosophy - the closest analogue is a volume in The Library of Living Philosophers, an honor which, like the Nobel Prize, cannot be awarded posthumously. Among 'scientific philosophers,' Rudolf Carnap, Albert Einstein, Karl Popper, and Bertrand Russell have been so honored. Had Reichenbach lived longer, he would have shared the honor with Carnap, for at the time of his death a volume on Logical Empiricism, treating the works of Carnap and Reichenbach, was in its early stages of preparation. In the volume which emerged, Carnap wrote, "In 1953, when Reichenbach's creative activity was suddenly ended by his premature death, our movement lost one of its most active leaders.


Karl R. Popper Rudolf Carnap logical positivism quantum mechanics theory of relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Wesley C. Salmon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ArizonaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-9406-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9404-1
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