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Neurath, Otto (1882–1945)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD048-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved April 20, 2024, from

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An Austrian socialist philosopher, economist, sociologist and historian, Neurath was a charismatic orator and an energetic cultural activist. Deeply concerned with education as a tool for social progress and cooperation, he founded museums and created the Isotype language for visual education. During the Bavarian Revolution he headed a plan for the centralized socialization of the Bavarian economy. A determined supporter of the scientific attitude and opponent of metaphysics (which he believed to have pernicious political and social consequences), he was a founder member of the Vienna Circle and a heterodox proponent of logical empiricism. He spearheaded the Unity of Science Movement that launched the project of an encyclopedia of unified science.

Citing this article:
Cat, Jordi and Nancy Cartwright. Neurath, Otto (1882–1945), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD048-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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