• Jordi CatEmail author
  • Adam Tamas Tuboly
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 336)


The Viennese-born polymath Otto Neurath died on 22 December 1945 in Oxford, a few months after the end of World War Two. A social engineer and sociologist of happiness, Neurath was not only a socially sensitive educator, advocating for any institute and organization that was concerned with the well-being of people; he was also a trained scientist and philosopher. Studying mathematics, economics, history, philosophy, and physics in Vienna and then in Berlin during the early years of the long twentieth century, Neurath became involved in many of the disputes among social and natural scientists that shaped the course of the fields. This short introduction provides the context and describes the aims of the volume. Short summaries of the chapters are also included.



During the preparation and edition of this volume, Adam Tamas Tuboly was supported by the MTA BTK Lendület Morals and Science Research Group; by the MTA Premium Postdoctoral, the János Bolyai Research Scholarship and by the “Empiricism and atomism in the twentieth-century Anglo-Saxon philosophy” NKFI project (124970). We are indebted to the Carnap Archive (Rudolf Carnap Papers, 1905–1970, ASP.1974.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh) and to the Hempel Archive (Carl Gustav Hempel Papers, 1903–1997, ASP.1999.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh) for the permission to quote their materials. All rights reserved.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of Science and MedicineIndiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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