Carl Gustav Hempel (1905 - 1997)

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    Origins and Introduction to Philosophy

    Born near Berlin, Germany, Carl Gustav Hempel studied a variety of subjects in the Universities of Gottingen and Heidelberg such as: Philosophy, Physics, and Mathematics. His early introduction to Hans Reichenbach led him to believe that simple symbolic logic was pivotal to understanding problems in an array of sciences. “Carl Hempel (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 6 Sept. 2017, plato.stanford.edu/entries/hempel.
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    Influence in the Vienna Circle

    Carl Hempel was one of the leading philosophers to refine the Vienna Circle and bring them from basic positivist to a more refined empiricist. His position redefined what is important and meaningless in arguments and that "whole scientific theories must be taken...and it is only when a theory is taken with its 'interpretive system'...that one can meaningfully speak of its empirical content." https://search-credoreference-com.ezproxy1.apus.edu/content/entry/wileycepi/hempel_carl_gustav_1905_97/0
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    Career and Influence

    As a professor at multiple universities, Hempel had a profound impact on students in the 20th Century. As the Stanford Encyclopedia puts it, "A classic collection of his studies, 'Aspects of Scientific Explanation,' became a scholar's bible for generations of graduate students." (2017). He continued to publish significant works throughout his life. “Carl Hempel (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 6 Sept. 2017, plato.stanford.edu/entries/hempel.
  • The Deductive-Nomological Model

    The Deductive-Nomological Model
    Collaborating with Paul Oppenheim, "Studies in the Logic of Explanation" was printed, detailing how causal explanations can be attributed to almost any science. Link text