THUNK – 70. Hume’s Fork, Logical Positivism, & Quine

Logical positivism ran with Hume’s analytic/synthetic distinction…turns out running with forks is a bad idea.

-Links for the Curious-

Hume’s “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,” where he posited the analytic/synthetic distinction –

AJ Ayer’s “Language, Truth, & Logic,” one of the most popular logical positivist works published –

Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism” –

Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus,” one of the inspirational texts for the Vienna Circle –

A fantastic interview with AJ Ayer regarding the formation/development logical positivism, its collapse, & its wider effects –

Carnap’s “The Elimination of Metaphysics” –

“The Partially Examined Life” podcast on Quine’s work targeting logical positivism –

The Reddit thread where various philosophy buffs helped me straighten out –

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