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About the Author
The Author: Jarmo Pulkkinen is a historian of science and ideas, working at the History Department of Oulu University (Finland). He has published books and articles on the history of philosophy and the history of computers. His present research interests include the history of artificial intelligence and the history of scientific metaphors.
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Thought And Logic: The Debates Between German-speaking Philosophers And Symbolic Logicians at the Turn of the 20th Century by Jarmo Pulkkinen (Europaische Studien Zur Ideen- Und Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Bd. 12.: Peter Lang Publishing) In this book, Pulkkinen discussed the reception and critique of symbolic logic and the logicist programme among German-speaking philosophers at the beginning of the 20th century. His starting-point was the well-known historical fact that although several of those philosophers who are nowadays considered the founders of the analytic tradition (e.g. Frege and Wittgenstein) lived and worked in the German-speaking world, their ideas gained almost no support among contemporary German and Austrian philosophers. In his opinion, the main weakness of earlier historical studies dealing with this period of philosophy is that historians have treated the subject from the viewpoint of their own philosophical tradition, i.e. historians have written their studies from the viewpoint of either the analytic or the Continental tradition. Pulkkinen suggested that if we want to have a clearer understanding of our recent philosophical past, we need a new point of view, i.e. a point of view that is independent of these philosop¬hical traditions. Moreover, Pulkkinen argued that this new point of view can be found with the help of the sociology of scientific knowledge. In particular, he emphasizes the importance of studying the philosophical debates that took place between the founders of the analytic tradition and other contemporary German and Austrian philosophers.
The first part of the book discusses the period from the late 1870s up to the end of the 19th century. The main issue was the arrival of the Boolean algebra of logic in Germany and Austria.Read more ›
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