The Department of Philosophy is pleased to invite you to the following talk:
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:40 p.m., at H-233
Tim Button (Cambridge University)
“The Empiricist Problematic: Treating Carnap’s Aufbau as a case-study”
Abstract: Here is the Empiricist Problematic: Starting with what is purely subjective, how do we get to the intersubjective, objective world? It is an old Problematic but, I think, intrinsically confused. The confusion can be brought out by considering the question: Who is the Subject of the subjective? I shall treat Carnap’s Aufbau as a case study on the Problematic, and discuss the difficulties he encounters in “constructing” other people and himself.