Daniel J. Hicks

Otto Neurath: Physicalism, Socialism, and the Foundations of economics

In this talk, I consider the work of Otto Neurath (1882-1945). Over the last 15 years or so, Neurath has received considerable attention by historians of philosophy of science as a member of the previously-neglected “Left Vienna Circle,” as a precursor to certain contemporary positions in the debate over the influence of ethical and political values in science, and as a pivotal figure in a certain narrative of the history of twentieth-century philosophy of science. (See, for example, Cartwright et al.