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ISBN 978-0-8126-9848-0


288 pages

May 2014

Human Knowledge

A Classic Statement of Logical Empiricism

Eino Kaila
Translated by Anssi Korhonen; edited by Juha Manninen, Ilkka Niiniluoto, and George A. Reisch
Full Circle: Publications of the Archive of Scientific Philosophy

The Finnish philosopher Eino Kaila (1890-1958) wrote a classic statement of Logical Empiricism. He had experienced the foundational debates of the Vienna Circle, invited by Moritz Schlick, during the early summer of 1929. Kaila was a keen follower of the further developments of the Circle. His synoptic presentation and analysis of the basic themes, or "theses", of the movement was based on his lectures as professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Helsinki.

The work appeared as a book in Finnish in 1939. A Swedish translation by Georg Henrik von Wright followed immediately. Earlier, a translation of his philosophical essays from the original German, entitled Reality and Experience, edited by Robert S. Cohen, appeared in 1979. However, this is the first translation of Kaila's major epistemological work.

Kaila's text remains a source for re-evaluations of Logical Empiricism.

About the Authors

Finnish philosopher, critic, and teacher Eino Kaila (1890–1958) worked in numerous fields, including psychology, physics, and theater, and attempted to find unifying principles behind various branches of human and natural sciences.

George A. Reisch is the author of How the Cold War Transformed Philosophy of Science: To the Icy Slopes of Logic. He lives in Chicago.

Anssi Korhonen is the author of Logic as Universal Science: Russell's Early Logicism and its Philosophical Context.

Juha Manninen is the editor of The Vienna Circle in the Nordic Countries: Networks and Transformations of Logical Empiricism.

Ilkka Niiniluoto is the author of Truthlikeness.

Korhonen, Manninen, and Niiniluoto live in Helsinki, Finland.

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