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Inspirational Rudolf Carnap Quotes

Rudolf Carnap (May 18, 1891 – September 14, 1970) was a German-born philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Rudolf Carnap Quotes.

Carnap 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. He is considered “one of the giants among twentieth-century philosophers.”

Rudolf Carnap Quotes
Rudolf Carnap Quotes

Rudolf Carnap Quotes

“Logic is the last scientific ingredient of Philosophy; its extraction leaves behind only a confusion of non-scientific, pseudo problems.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“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

“Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Logic is not concerned with human behavior in the same sense that physiology, psychology, and social sciences are concerned with it.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“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

“Philosophy is to be replaced by the logic of science — that is to say, by the logical analysis of the concepts and sentences of the sciences, for the logic of science is nothing other than the logical syntax of the language of science.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“The function of logical analysis is to analyse all knowledge, all assertions of science and of everyday life, in order to make clear the sense of each such assertion and the connections between them.
― Rudolf Carnap

“One of the principal tasks of the logical analysis of a given proposition is to find out the method of verification for that proposition.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“In science there are no ‘depths’; there is surface everywhere.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“According to this view, the sentences of metaphysics are pseudo-sentences which on logical analysis are proved to be either empty phrases or phrases which violate the rules of syntax.
― Rudolf Carnap

“Of the so-called philosophical problems, the only questions which have any meaning are those of the logic of science. To share this view is to substitute logical syntax for philosophy.”
Rudolf Carnap

“In order to determine whether or not one sentence is a consequence of another, no reference need be made to the meaning of the sentences. The mere statement of the truth-values is certainly too little; but the statement of the meaning is, on the other hand, too much. It is sufficient that the syntactical design of the sentences be given.”
Rudolf Carnap quotes

“For me personally, Wittgenstein was perhaps the philosopher who, besides Russell and Frege, had the greatest influence on my thinking.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“The most important insight I gained from wittgenstein’s work was the conception that the truth of logical statements is based only on their logical structure and on the meaning of the terms.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Logical statements are true under all conceivable circumstances; thus their truth is independent of the contingent facts of the world. On the other hand, it follows that these statements do not say anything about the world and thus have no factual content.”
― Rudolf Carnap

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