A page of information about Rudolf Carnap (1891 - 1970), German philosopher of language and science.
Not too long ago I was surfing around the Net in search of
information on Rudolf Carnap. I found
some decent materials, though they
were not linked up through any
central site. That moved me to
write up the
page you are looking at now.
I have attempted to assemble such
information on Carnap as is scattered through the web, including
on-line texts, pictures, notices of events, and other materials.
I have also posted and continue to post original content to the website.
My aim is both to catalogue and to add to
on-line information regarding
Carnap's life and work.
I have assembled an index of the syntactic
variables which permeate Carnap's Logical Syntax of Language. I suspect
readers of LSL will see the usefulness of such an index.
A bibliography is given at the bottom of the entry on Carnap in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. You will no doubt have to scroll down to see the bibliography.
I am also posting
a bibliography of Carnap's works on this
site. At the moment it is under heavy construction.
Some works by Carnap,
such as Meaning and Necessity, have been reprinted recently
and are relatively easy to find. Other works--for example,
Physikalische Begriffsbildung--are a real
pain to track down. As far as I know, the best way to find
books of the latter type is to search for them at
are some disadvantages to this approach: the same copy of
a book is often listed by more than one bookseller, it is often
already sold, and, as often as not, there are some middlemen driving
up the price of the copy you want to buy. I recommend searching
at bookfinder.com often and trying to figure out who is trying to sell
the copy you want for the least amount of money. Be prepared to
discover, however, that the copy you are inquiring about is already
WebmasterDirect your mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any pointers to more on-line information about Carnap would be greatly appreciated. Page created on Jan. 30, 2002. Last update May 2007.