Friday, February 01, 2008

A trifling observation

Carnap quotes the Tractatus a few times in his Logical Syntax. He says he was heavily influenced by it. In discussing statements of the laws of science he says:
"See Wittgenstein on this point: 'All propositions such as the law of causation, the law of continuity in nature,... are a priori intuitions of the possible forms of the propositions of science.' (Instead of 'a priori intuitions of' we would prefer to say: 'conventions concerning'.)"
"Conventions concerning" certainly isn't a paraphrase of "a priori intuitions", as which it seems Carnap wants to present it. I'm not sure if he read that into TLP or if he just decided to insert his own view there.

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