How Empirical is Contemporary Logical Empiricism?

  • L. Jonathan Cohen
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 43)


One of Yehoshua Bar-Hillel’s most admirable virtues was his ability to discern, and readiness to remark on, the nakedness of a naked emperor even when he himself had previously been one of the crowd that thought the emperor decently clad. My tribute to him will take the form of an attempt at an exercise of just this kind. If my own present venture into the genre is unsuccessful, I shall at least have given due credit for his successes to Yehoshua.


Inductive Logic Ordinary Language Philosophical Theory Intuitive Idea Intuitive Judgment 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Jonathan Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.The Queen’s CollegeOxfordUK

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