La metafisica del positivismo

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The metaphysics of positivism

Giuliana Mancuso (Editor)

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Throughout its many stages – from its origins in the works of Comte, Mill and Spencer, through the empirio-criticism of Avenarius and Mach, to the logical empiricism of the Vienna and Berlin Circles – Positivism betrays an explicitly anti-metaphysical attitude, which involves the rejection of any process of inquiry which goes beyond experience or yields assertions that cannot be verified by means of experience alone. Positivism offers a critique of traditional philosophical thinking, insofar as such thinking can be identified with the history of metaphysics. Positivism, therefore, presents itself as an anti-philosophical movement, or rather as a cultural trend that, in Husserl's words, «decapitates philosophy» and so implicitly marks its end. The aim of this collected volume is to outline the scope and limits of the anti-metaphysical attitude of Positivism, and, more specifically, to assess whether and to what extent such an attitude is grounded on further (perhaps hidden) metaphysical assumptions.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The metaphysics of positivism
Original languageItalian
Number of pages227
ISBN (Print)9788874626182
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Carnap
  • Comte
  • Husserl
  • Mach
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaphysik
  • Positivism
  • Positivismus


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