Carnap’s Early Metatheory: Scope and Limits

Georg Schiemer, Richard Zach, and Erich Reck. 2017. “Carnap’s Early Metatheory: Scope and Limits,” Synthese 194(1), 33–65

In his Untersuchungen zur allgemeinen Axiomatik (1928) and Abriss der Logistik (1929), Rudolf Carnap attempted to formulate the metatheory of axiomatic theories within a single, fully interpreted type-theoretic framework and to investigate a number of meta-logical notions in it, such as those of model, consequence, consistency, completeness, and decidability. These attempts were largely unsuccessful, also in his own considered judgment. A detailed assessment of Carnap’s attempt shows, nevertheless, that his approach is much less confused and hopeless than it has often been made out to be. By providing such a reassessment, the paper contributes to a reevaluation of Carnap’s contributions to the development of modern logic.

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-015-0877-z

Preprint on arXiv

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