Rudolf Carnap (1891—1970)

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  • Birth

    Born in Ronsdorf, Germany
  • Education

    From 1910 to1914 he studied philosophy, physics and mathematics at the universities of Jena and Freiburg. He studied Kant under Bruno Bauch and later recalled how a whole year was devoted to the discussion of The Critique of Pure Reason. Carnap became especially interested in Kant’s theory of space. Carnap took three courses from Gottlob Frege in 1910, 1913 and 1914.
  • WW1

    His studies were interrupted by World War I and Carnap served at the front until 1917. He then moved to Berlin and studied the theory of relativity. At that time, Albert Einstein was professor of physics at the University of Berlin.
  • Early Publishing

    After the war, Carnap developed a new dissertation, this time on an axiomatic system for the physical theory of space and time. The work was clearly influenced by Kantian philosophy. Submitted in 1921, it was published the following year in a supplemental issue of Kant-Studien.
  • Major Publishing

    Carnap published The Logical Structure of the World, in which he developed a formal version of empiricism arguing that all scientific terms are definable by means of a phenomenalistic language.
  • Professor

    Carnap moved to Prague to become professor of natural philosophy at the German University. It was there that he made his important contribution to logic with The Logical Syntax of Language (1934).
  • American Citizen

    Carnap moved to the United States. He became an American citizen in 1941.
  • Later Life

    Stimulated by Tarskian model theory, Carnap became interested in semantics. He wrote several books on semantics: Introduction to Semantics (1942), Formalization of Logic (1943), and Meaning and Necessity: A Study in Semantics and Modal Logic (1947). In Meaning and Necessity, Carnap used semantics to explain modalities.
  • Death

    Carnap was working on the theory of inductive logic when he died on September 14, 1970, at Santa Monica, California.