Carnap's Relativised A Priori and Ontology

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    • Pages : 127 à 143
    • ISBN : 978-1-4020-9509-2
    • DOI : 10.1007/978-1-4020-9510-8_7
    • Date de création : 04-01-2011
    • Dernière mise à jour : 22-02-2015



    The paper reconstructs Carnap's epistemological and ontological ideas stressing the link between these ideas and the most general tenets of Logical Empiricism (negation of the Kantian theory of synthetic a priori judgments, linguistic theory of the a priori, influence of Poincaré's conventionalism, principle of verification, refusal of metaphysical absolutism). From this point of view it also discusses both the Carnap/Quine debate on analyticity and ontology and the difference between Carnap and the ‘young' Reichenbach on the nature of the relativised a priori.