Alfred Tarski and the Vienna Circle

Alfred Tarski and the Vienna Circle : Austro-Polish Connections in Logical Empiricism

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The larger part of Yearbook 6 of the Institute Vienna Circle constitutes the proceedings of a symposium on Alfred Tarski and his influence on and interchanges with the Vienna Circle, especially those on and with Rudolf Carnap and Kurt Goedel. It is the first time that this topic has been treated on such a scale and in such depth. Attention is mainly paid to the origins, development and subsequent role of Tarski's definition of truth. Some contributions are primarily historical, others analyze logical aspects of the concept of truth. Contributors include Anita and Saul Feferman, Jan Wolenski, Jan Tarski and Hans Sluga. Several Polish logicians contributed: Gzegorczyk, Wojcicki, Murawski and Rojszczak. The volume presents entirely new biographical material on Tarski, both from his Polish period and on his influential career in the United States: at Harvard, in Princeton, at Hunter, and at the University of California at Berkeley. The high point of the analysis involves Tarski's influence on Carnap's evolution from a narrow syntactical view of language, to the ontologically more sophisticated but more controversial semantical view. Another highlight involves the interchange between Tarski and Goedel on the connection between truth and proof and on the nature of metalanguages.
The concluding part of Yearbook 6 includes documentation, book reviews and a summary of current activities of the Institute Vienna Circle. Jan Tarski introduces letters written by his father to Goedel; Paolo Parrini reports on the Vienna Circle's influence in Italy; several reviews cover recent books on logical empiricism, on Goedel, on cosmology, on holistic approaches in Germany, and on Mauthner.
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  • Hardback | 347 pages
  • 162.56 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • X, 347 p.
  • 0792355385
  • 9780792355380

Table of contents

Editorial. Articles:- I. The Development of Tarski's Concept of Truth. Semantic Revolution - Rudolf Carnap, Kurt Goedel, Alfred Tarski; J. Wolenski. Theories of Truth: Vienna, Berlin, and Warsaw; I. Niiniluoto. Truth before Tarski; H. Sluga. II. The Interaction between Tarski and the Vienna Circle. How the Unity of Science Saves Alfred Tarski; A. Burdman Feferman. Tarski and Goedel: Between the Lines; S. Feferman. Carnap's move to Semantics: Gains and Losses; R. Creath. Tarsii and Carnap on Logical Truth - or: What is Genuine Logic? G. Schurz. III. Philosophical Aspects of Tarski's Concept of Truth and its Application in the Methodology of Science. Interplay of Philosophy and Mathematics in the Classical Theory of Truth; J. Tarski. Is Antipsychologism still Tenable? A. Grzegorczyk. Why Should a Physical object Take on the Role of Truth-Bearer? A. Rojsczak. Lukasiewicz; Theory of Truth, from the Quantum Logical Point of View; M.L. dalla Chiara. Intuitionism and Logical Tolerance; G. Sundholm. Tarski on Language and Truth; W.K. Essler. Neurath's Opposition to Tarskian Semantics; T. Mormann. Tarski and Wittgenstein on Semantics of Geometrical Figures; L. Kvasz. IV. Technical Aspects of Tarski's Definition of Truth and Model Theory. Tarski's Truth Condition Revisited; P. Weingartner. Undefinability vs. Definability of Satisfaction and Truth; R. Murawski. Tarski's Guilty Secret: Compositionality; J. Hintikka, G. Sandu. Should Tarski's Idea of Consequence Operation be Revised? R. Wojcicki. Remarks on a Carnapian Extension of S5; G. Gottlob. Report - Documentation: Letters to Kurt Goedel, 1942-1947 (translated and edited by Jan Tarksi); A.Tarski. Neo-Positivism and italian Philosophy (1924 1973); P. Parrini. Review Essay: Critical Idealism Revisited Recent Work on Cassirer's Philosophy of Science; T. Mormann. Reviews. Activities of the Institute Vienna Circle. Index of Names.
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