Engineers and Drifters: The Ideal of Explication and Its Critics

  • A. W. Carus
Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)


On the surface, Carnap’s writings give the appearance of enormous heterogeneity, and are often read through the distorting lens of a popular mythology about the Vienna Circle and logical positivism. In my book (Carus 2007a) I tried, following the hints given by certain students of the late Carnap such as Richard Jeffrey and Howard Stein, to set the myths aside and find a thread of coherence. I told a story that made the ideal of explication — a species of Enlightenment engineering ideal1 — central, and the specific language projects more peripheral.


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