Beginning the Logical Construction of Cognition


Published in
Sami Pihlström, Panu Raatikainen and Matti Sintonen (eds.) (2007) Approaching Truth. Essays in Honour of Ilkka Niiniluoto. College Publications, London.
Excerpts from the Introduction:
"Rudolf Carnap had some problems with the title of his famous book, Der logische Aufbau der Welt (1928). He had written a first, unpublished, sketch planning such a project, entitled ’Vom Chaos zur Wirklichkeit’, already in the summer of 1922. That early construction began with lived experiences, with reality as a middle-level, proceeding then to psychology and ultimately to the formal structures of physics, purified completely from qualia."
"Carnap’s Aufbau is often seen as a classic or even a paradigm of analytic philosophy. It has been less clear, however, what the aim of the book in fact was."