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Language and Meaning in the Age of ModernismC.K. Ogden and His Contemporaries$
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James McElvenny

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474425032

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425032.001.0001

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Ogden and the Vienna Circle

Ogden and the Vienna Circle

(p.113) Chapter 4 Ogden and the Vienna Circle
Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism

James McElvenny

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the contact and collaboration between C. K. Ogden and the Vienna Circle philosophers Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap, which was chiefly driven by Ogden and centred around his project Basic English. The aspects of philosophy of language and social engagement that united Ogden with Neurath and Carnap are first examined in detail. Attention then turns to Neurath’s picture statistics, which through collaboration with Ogden evolved into Isotype, a contribution to the international language movement aligned with Basic. Finally, the relationship between Ogden, Carnap and Neurath as revealed in their correspondence is discussed, along with their shared fate in the post-World War II intellectual environment.

Keywords:   Vienna Circle, Carnap, Neurath, Lockhart, Stebbing, Isotype, Basic English

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