Inquiries and Provocations: Selected Writings 1929–1974

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1980 - Science - 456 pages
The title is his own. Herbert Feigl, the provocateur and the soul (if we may put it so) of modesty, wrote to me some years ago, "I'm more of a catalyst than producer of new and original ideas all my life . . . ", but then he com pleted the self-appraisal: " . . . with just a few exceptions perhaps". We need not argue for the creative nature of catalysis, but will simply remark that there are 'new and original ideas' in the twenty-four papers selected for this volume, in the extraordinary aperrus of the 25-year-old Feigl in his Vienna dissertation of 1927 on Zufall und Gesetz, in the creative critique and articulation in his classical monograph of 1958 on The 'Mental' and the 'Physical'; and the reader will want to turn to some of the seventy other titles in our Feigl bibliography appended. Professor Feigl has been a model philosophical worker: above all else, honest, self-aware, open-minded and open-hearted; keenly, devotedly, and even arduously the student of the sciences, he has been a logician and an empiricist. Early on, he brought the Vienna Circle to America, and much later he helped to bring it back to Central Europe. The story of the logical empiricist movement, and of Herbert Feigl's part in it, has often been told, importantly by Feigl himself in four papers we have included here.
 

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Contents

No Pot of Message 1974a
1
The Origin and Spirit of Logical Positivism 1969a
21
The Power of Positivistic Thinking 1963b
38
The Wiener Kreis in America 1969d
57
Scientific Method without Metaphysical Presuppositions 1954
95
Probability and Experience 1930
107
Meaning and Validity of Physical Theories 1929
116
Confirmability and Confirmation 1951a
145
Empiricism at Bay? 1971e
269
The MindBody Problem in the Development of Logical Empiricism 1950d
286
Physicalism Unity of Science and the Foundations of Psychology 1963d
302
MindBody Not a Pseudoproblem 1960
342
Some Crucial Issues of MindBody Monism 1971a
351
Naturalism and Humanism 1949a
366
Validation and Vindication An Analysis of the Nature and the Limits of Ethical Arguments 1952
378
Everybody Talks about the Temperature 1964c
393

The Logical Character of the Principle of Induction 1934a
153
What Hume Might Have Said to Kant 1964a
164
Operationism and Scientific Method 1945a
171
Existential Hypothesis 1950b
192
Logical Reconstruction Realism and Pure Semiotic 1950c
224
De Principiis Non Disputandum 1950a
237
Is Science Relevant to Theology? 1966a
399
Ethics Religion and Scientific Humanism 1969e
408
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED
422
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF HERBERT FEIGL
439
NAME INDEX
447
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