Wiener Kreis: Arthur Pap's Analytic Philosophy

13.06.2018 11:41

Campus of the University of Vienna, Hof 1, Aula, 1090 Vienna

1st Arthur Pap Lecture


with David Stump (University of San Francisco)

David J. Stump is a philosopher
of science at the University of
San Francisco and the author
of Conceptual Change and the
Philosophy of Science:
Alternative Theories of the A
Priori. He is co-editor, with Peter
Galison, of The Disunity of
Science and co-editor and cotranslator
of a new edition of
Henri Poincaré’s Science and




A superficial look at the contents ofArthur Pap’s work would lead one tothink that it almost defines what wasconsidered to be analytic philosophyin the period immediately followingWW II. However, Pap was alwaysa persistent if friendly critique ofanalytic philosophy and of logicalempiricism, and his views show theinfluence of both neo-Kantianismand pragmatism. Given Pap’straining at Yale under Cassirer andat Columbia under Nagel, theseinfluences are completely expected.They do, however, complicate ourunderstanding of the development ofanalytic philosophy in the period andmake Pap’s voice rather distinctive.