Rudolf Carnap (May 18, 1891 – September 14, 1970) was a German-born philosopher who was active in Europe before 1935 and in the United States thereafter. He was a major member of the Vienna Circle and an advocate of logical positivism.


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Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms.
Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970), Austrian U.S. philosopher of science, logical positivist. repr. in The Philosophy of Science, pp. 85-97, eds. R. Boyd, Gasper and Trout (1950). Original journal article in Revue International de Philosophie 11, "Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology," (1950). The author's famous plea for tolerance to which W.V. Quine took exception.
The self is the class (not the collection) of the experiences (or autopsychological states). The self does not belong to the expression of the basic experience, but is constructed only on a very high level.
Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970), AustrianAmerican philosopher. Trans. by Rolf A. George, University of California Press (1967). The Logical Structure of the World, p. 299.
Science is a system of statements based on direct experience, and controlled by experimental verification. Verification in science is not, however, of single statements but of the entire system or a sub-system of such statements.
Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970), AustrianAmerican philosopher. trans. by Max Black, K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. (1934). Unity of Science, p. 42.

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