• AustinK
    2
    Reflecting on the central tenets of Logical Positivism, would the Logical Positivist say that it is possible for us to know that a scientific theory about unobservable things (e.g., electrons) is correct?
  • Qwex
    317
    Yes, because a Logical Positivist is fulfilled by logic. Electrons can be analyzed by mind, just not captured by the senses. Quote on quote - like the atom.
  • David Mo
    188
    It is a myth that logical positivists denied the existence of unobservable entities. I'm traveling now. Tomorrow I'll be home and give the exact quotation.
    For the moment: the existence of theoretical entities is guaranteed by the criterion of verification. If the theory is verified, the elements it contains are also verified.
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