Izydora Dąmbska: The First Lady of the Twentieth-Century Polish Philosophy

  • Anna BrożekEmail author
  • Jacek Jadacki
Part of the Studies in Universal Logic book series (SUL)


Izydora Dąmbska was one of the most creative women-representatives of the Lvov-Warsaw School. The paper presents her extraordinary personality, life, as well as the list of her main works and the greatest scientific achievements. The main area of her interest was the logic of natural language, methodology and the history of Greek semiotics. She gave meticulous analysis of the relation between conventionalism on one hand, and relativism, scepticism and agnosticism on the other. In semiotics, she proposed new approach to the problem of empty names and material implication, of the correct definition of truth, as well as of pragmatic functions of silence and namelessness. In methodology, her reconstruction of the notion of scientific laws is of great importance.


Conventionalism Izydora Dąmbska Lvov-Warsaw School Methodology Pragmatics Scientific laws Semiotics 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 01A70 03B42; Secondary 03–03 

Izydora Dąmbska’s Works Mentioned in the Paper

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    La théorie du jugement de M. Edmond Goblot. Towarzystwo Naukowe we Lwowie, Lwów (1930)Google Scholar
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    O prawach w nauce [On Laws in Science]. Gubrynowicz i Syn, Lwów (1933)Google Scholar
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    Zarys historii filozofii greckiej [Outline of the History of Greek Philosophy]. Filomata, Lwów (1935)Google Scholar
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    Irracjonalizm a poznanie naukowe [Irrationalism and the scientific cognition]. Kwartalnik Filozoficzny XIV(i. 2), 83–118 (1937); (i. 3), 185–212 (1938)Google Scholar
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    List do Marii Obercowej [Letter to Maria Obercowa]. In: Perzanowski, J. (ed.) Izydora Dąmbska. 1904–1983, p. 23. Wydawnictwo PAU, Kraków (2001) (Personal communication, 1951)Google Scholar
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    Sceptycyzm francuski XVI i XVII wieku [French Skepticism of 16th and 17th Centuries]. Towarzystwo Naukowe w Toruniu, Torun (1958)Google Scholar
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    Dwa studia z teorii naukowego poznania [The Studies from the Theory of Scientific Cognition]. Towarzystwo Naukowe w Toruniu, Torun (1962)Google Scholar
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    O narzedziach i przedmiotach poznania: z teorii instrumentalnego poznania. O filozofii lingwistycznej [Instruments and Objects of Congition: from the Theory of Instumental Congition. On Linguistic Philosophy]. PWN, Warszawa (1967)Google Scholar
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    Dwa studia o Platonie [Two Studies on Plato]. Ossolineum & PAN, Wroclaw (1972)Google Scholar
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    O konwencjach i konwencjonalizmie [Conventions and Conventionalism]. Ossolineum & PAN, Wroclaw (1975)Google Scholar
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    Znaki i myśli. Wybór pism z semiotyki, teorii nauki i historii filozofii [Signs and Thoughts. Selected Writings in Semiotics, Epistemology and the History of Philosophy]. PWN, Warszawa (1975)Google Scholar
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    Gdy myśle o słowie “wolność” [When I think about the word “freedom”]. Znak XXXIII(6), 855–860 (1981)Google Scholar
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    O niektórych koncepcjach metafilozoficznych w Szkole Lwowsko-Warszawskiej [On some metaphilosophical conceptions in the Lvov-Warsaw School]. In: Perzanowski, J. (ed.) Jak filozofowac? Studia z metodologii filozofii [How to Philosophise? Studies from the Methodology of Philosophy], pp. 22–29. PWN, Warszawa (1989)Google Scholar
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    Kowledge, Language and Silence. Selected Papers. Brill/Rodopi, Leiden & Boston (2016)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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