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(2019) Neurath reconsidered, Dordrecht, Springer.

Neurath and the legacy of algebraic logic

Jordi Cat

pp. 241-337

In this paper I introduce a broader context, and sketch an integrated account with the purpose of examining the significance of Neurath's attention to logic in early works and subsequent positions. The specific attention to algebraic logic is important in integrating his own interest in mathematics and combining, since Leibniz, the ideals of a universal language and of a calculus of reasoning. The interest in universal languages constitutes a much broader, so-called tradition of pasigraphy that extended beyond philosophical projects. I argue (1) that Neurath's works can be embedded in a richer intellectual landscape that includes developments in logic and their local reception in Vienna, and that his attention to logic developed a sustained symbolic standpoint – with semiotic and typographic expressions –; (2) that specific aspects of the work in algebraic logic became a standard and a resource in subsequent work often thought independent, while its value was steadily challenged by the separate goal of empirical theorizing and practical application in social domains – including in the areas of economics, history and visual communication –; that (3), in particular, the presentation of systems of algebraic logic by Neurath's sources such as Stanley Jevons and Schröder was not isolated from discussions of political economy; and finally (4) that some of his positions in matters of language, unity and epistemology in the articulation of logical empiricism and its debates are better understood in terms of shared but diversified acquaintance with pasigraphy, formal standards and logical projects.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02128-3_11

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Cat, J. (2019)., Neurath and the legacy of algebraic logic, in J. Cat & A. Tuboly (eds.), Neurath reconsidered, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 241-337.

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