How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science

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How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science

By George A. Reisch

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This intriguing and ground-breaking book is the first in-depth study of the development of philosophy of science in the United States during the Cold War. It documents the political vitality of logical empiricism and Otto Neurath's Unity of Science Movement when these projects emigrated to the US in the 1930s and follows their de-politicization by a convergence of intellectual, cultural and political forces in the 1950s. Students of logical empiricism and the Vienna Circle treat these as strictly intellectual non-political projects. In fact, the refugee philosophers of science were highly active politically and debated questions about values inside and outside science, as a result of which their philosophy of science was scrutinized politically both from within and without the profession, by such institutions as J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. It will prove absorbing reading to philosophers and historians of science, intellectual historians, and scholars of Cold War studies.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Science

How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science
To the Icy Slopes of Logic
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 3/21/05
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511113927
ISBN 13: 9780511113925
Print ISBN: 9780521837972

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