Re: Logical positivism

Kathryn Aegis (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 01:18:15 +0000

>Max More:
>> Philosophical nit-pick: The logical positivists would not say this. They
>> would say that the question of the existence of atoms is meaningless *if*
>> they cannot be observed. Any statement that cannot be broken down into
>> directly observable entities is meaningless to the logical positivists.

Perutz may have meant just that, but English is not his native
language. My notes indicate he said: the logical positivists argued
against the existence of the atom because it could not be seen.


Kathryn Aegis