Uljana Feest


Technical University Berlin

Physicalism, Introspection, and Psychophysics: The Carnap/Duncker Exchange

In 1932, Rudolf Carnap published his article “Psychology in a Physical Language,” in which he laid out the idea that all first-person experiential reports can be translated into a “physical” language (Carnap 1932a). For Carnap, this was a direct continuation of his earlier project of overcoming metaphysics by means of an analysis of language (Carnap 1931a) and his attempt to specify a universal (physical) language as the language of choice (Carnap 1931b).