Logical Semantics and Ontology

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In The Logical Structure of the World, Carnap explained that his aim was to build an epistemic-logical system of objects or concepts. This undertaking was meant as a counterpart of the deduction of statements from axioms, which had received in the past far more attention than the methodology of the systematic construction of concepts. His aim was “to advance to an intersubjective, objective world, which can be conceptually comprehended and which is identical for all observers”.1 He wanted to prove something about human knowledge and more in particular about science and its method. If it is true that the objects of science in its various subdivisions can after investigation be reduced to the objects of the constructivistic system that contains as basic concepts “Erlebs”, to which all other objects can be reduced, he has proven that science is basically one and corresponds to the principles of empiricism.


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