Inquiries and Provocations

Selected Writings 1929–1974

  • Herbert Feigl
  • Robert S. Cohen

Part of the Vienna Circle Collection book series (VICC, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 1-20
  3. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 38-56
  4. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 57-94
  5. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 107-115
  6. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 116-144
  7. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 145-152
  8. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 164-170
  9. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 171-191
  10. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 192-223
  11. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 237-268
  12. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 269-285
  13. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 342-350
  14. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 351-365
  15. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 366-377
  16. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 378-392
  17. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 393-398
  18. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 399-407
  19. Herbert Feigl
    Pages 408-421
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 422-456

About this book


The title is his own. Herbert Feigl, the provocateur and the soul (if we may put it so) of modesty, wrote to me some years ago, "I'm more of a catalyst than producer of new and original ideas all my life . . . ", but then he com­ pleted the self-appraisal: " . . . with just a few exceptions perhaps". We need not argue for the creative nature of catalysis, but will simply remark that there are 'new and original ideas' in the twenty-four papers selected for this volume, in the extraordinary aperrus of the 25-year-old Feigl in his Vienna dissertation of 1927 on Zufall und Gesetz, in the creative critique and articulation in his classical monograph of 1958 on The 'Mental' and the 'Physical'; and the reader will want to turn to some of the seventy other titles in our Feigl bibliography appended. Professor Feigl has been a model philosophical worker: above all else, honest, self-aware, open-minded and open-hearted; keenly, devotedly, and even arduously the student of the sciences, he has been a logician and an empiricist. Early on, he brought the Vienna Circle to America, and much later he helped to bring it back to Central Europe. The story of the logical empiricist movement, and of Herbert Feigl's part in it, has often been told, importantly by Feigl himself in four papers we have included here.


logical positivism monism probability realism

Authors and affiliations

  • Herbert Feigl
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1102-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9426-9
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