Greg Frost-Arnold

Carnap’s Semantic Project: What Was It? And Why Did So Many People Hate It?

Logical empiricism’s leading figure, Rudolf Carnap, famously took a ‘semantic turn’ in the late 1930’s, shortly after publishing his Logical Syntax of Language. Most of the recent secondary literature on Carnap’s semantic period concerns his shift from syntax to semantics, either considered at the macro-level (e.g. Richard Creath and Thomas Ricketts), or with respect to particular topics, such as analyticity (Steve Awodey), the principle of tolerance (Alan Richardson), or truth and reference (Greg Lavers).