Carnap’s ‘Elimination of Metaphysics Through Logical Analysis of Language’. A Retrospective Consideration of the Relationship between Continental and. Sep 12, Carnap’s ‘Elimination Of Metaphysics’. by V. Brushlinsky. What does Carnap understand by the ‘metaphysics’ which he is trying to overcome?. “Die Wende der Philosophie,” published in the first number of. Erkenntnis in , Carnap’s “Die alte und die neue Logik,” also published in the first issue of.

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Indeed, meaning postulates and rules of correspondence are not usually explicitly distinguished from non-logical axioms; only one set of axioms is formulated.

While Carnap eliminatlon the contents of traditional metaphysics on to poetry and reduces philosophy to its methodological function qua logic and theory of science, Heidegger, providing a new interpretation, adheres to these contents and with them sets off in the opposite direction — towards poetry.

Non-logical terms are divided into observational and theoretical.

Conversely, these sentences elijination derivable from “the thing x is an arthropode”. To explain belief-sentences, Carnap defines the notion of intensional isomorphism. Metaphysical statements which do not contain meaningless words are indeed meaningless because they are formed in a way which is admissible in natural languages but not admissible in logically constructed languages.

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Thirdly, the distinction between formal and physical space is similar to the distinction between mathematical and physical geometry. Thus the logical analysis of language becomes the principal instrument in resolving philosophical problems.


The latter sentence is perfectly clear: But Carnap is only interested in formal logic and is concerned with nothing but the scholastic analysis of individual words and propositions. In broad terms, two sentences are intensionally isomorphic if and only if their corresponding elements are Metaphyskcs. He made significant contributions to philosophy of science, philosophy of language, the theory of probability, inductive logic and modal logic.

The impossibility of p means that p is logically false. The Gentle Strength of Tolerance: Np means “p is logically true”, and the last statement belongs to the meta-language; thus N is not explicitly definable in the language of a formal logic, and we cannot eliminate the term N.

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There can be no synthetic a priori statements. This is very similar to the definitions Carnap gave in The Logical Syntax of Language but with the change from syntactic to semantic concepts. Verbal Disputes and Substantiveness. In order that a word should have a meaning, it must, according to Carnap, satisfy the following conditions: There is not even any understanding of metaphysics. In the belief-sentence “John believes that D” we can substitute D with an intensionally isomorphic sentence C.

They assert that no empirical relations between x and y can completely explain the meaning of “x is the principle of y”, because there is something that cannot be grasped by means of the experience, something for which no empirical criterion can be specified.

A is called “extensional with respect to p” if and only if the truth value of A does not change if we substitute the sentence p with an equivalent sentence q. Among these he counts the formulae of logic and mathematics.


According to Carnap, although metaphysics has not theoretical content, it has metaphtsics content indeed: In The Logical Structure of the World he asserted that a statement is meaningful only if every non-logical elimonation is explicitly definable by means of a very restricted phenomenalistic language. He asserted that space relations are based metahpysics the causal propagation of a signal, while the causal propagation itself is eliminatioj on the time order.

It is quite typical of the decadent, degenerate philosophy of the modern bourgeoisie which, feeling the ground slipping from under its feet, is trying to escape into verbal mysticism, away from reality which no longer promises its lasting domination over the toiling masses. Carnap recognizes the difference between three kinds of theories of space: O n and theoretical terms T An example offered by Carnap concerns the word “arthropode”.

The first and the last books Carnap published during his lifetime were concerned with the philosophy of physics: Classification of statements in a scientific language.

A theoretical law cannot be justified by means of direct observation. They also dispense with the requirement for a finite number of non-logical axioms.