Donata Romizi


University of Vienna

At the interface between epistemology and ethics: Edgar Zilsel’s concepts of “rationalism”, “rational” and “rationalization”

Before becoming, as it were, an English-writing sociologist of science, Edgar Zilsel (1891-1944) had been for quite a long time a versatile Viennese philosopher whose work developed to some extent in connection with the rise of Logical Empiricism: not only had Zilsel a close contact with the Vienna Circle, but his early work on probability and statistics developed in parallel with Hans Reichenbach’s and Richard von Mises’ early philosophies of probability.