By Herbert Feigl (auth.), Robert S. Cohen (eds.)
The name is his personal. Herbert Feigl, the provocateur and the soul (if we may perhaps positioned it so) of modesty, wrote to me a few years in the past, "I'm extra of a catalyst than manufacturer of latest and unique principles all my lifestyles . . . ", yet then he com pleted the self-appraisal: " . . . with quite a few exceptions perhaps". we want no longer argue for the artistic nature of catalysis, yet will easily comment that there are 'new and unique principles' within the twenty-four papers chosen for this quantity, within the amazing aperrus of the 25-year-old Feigl in his Vienna dissertation of 1927 on Zufall und Gesetz, within the artistic critique and articulation in his classical monograph of 1958 at the 'Mental' and the 'Physical'; and the reader probably want to flip to a couple of the seventy different titles in our Feigl bibliography appended. Professor Feigl has been a version philosophical employee: especially else, sincere, self-aware, open-minded and open-hearted; keenly, devotedly, or even arduously the coed of the sciences, he has been a philosopher and an empiricist. Early on, he introduced the Vienna Circle to the US, and masses later he helped to deliver it again to relevant Europe. the tale of the logical empiricist stream, and of Herbert Feigl's half in it, has usually been instructed, importantly through Feigl himself in 4 papers we have now incorporated here.
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I am far from confident that I have found a tenable settlement. The unusual opportunity of an after-dinner address (with the added boon that I shan't have to defend myself in discussion) encourages me to take the liberty of submitting to you in highly sketchy outline a few ideas which seem to me to offer some hope. If you fmd that I talk too much in terms of '-isms', (such as 'phenomenalism', 'realism', 'subjective idealism',! et cetera) I regret this as much as you might. But ifl did not allow myself this device of compression, my speech would take five hours instead of about the fifty-five minutes which I expect to impose on your kind patience!
A. Schilpp [1963) (a complete list of Carnap's pUblications is appended to this book); Moritz Schlick [1918) (Eng. tr. 1974). Books containing searching criticisms by outstanding philosophers of science include: Hemy Mehlberg [1958); K. R. Popper [1935) (Eng. tr. 1959) and [1962); Israel Scheffler . Some important articles not reprinted in Ayer's collection are included in: Feigl and Brodbeck [1953a); and FeigI and Sellars [1949b). I have tried to expound, defend, as well as comment on the difficulties of a new synthesis (based on both Schlick's and Carnap's ideas) of a monistic solution of the mindbody problem in 'Physicalism, Unity of Science and the Foundations of Psychology' contained in Schilpp's [1963) and in a long essay, [FeigI, 1958b).
Some of the most incisive philosophical objections to phenomenalistic positivism are those of the early (pre-Vienna) Schlick and the trenchant arguments in Arthur O. Lovejoy's The Revolt against Dualism. The motivations of the positivists were obvious and explicit from the beginning. Comte, Mill, Mach, Ostwald, Avenarius, and the flock of their disciples, in varying degrees, perpetuated the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Radically opposed to the obscurantism of transempirical theology and metaphysics, they insisted upon the restriction of knowledge claims to the positive facts of experience.