Carnap on Wittgenstein and Esperanto

Thus there was a striking difference between Wittgenstein's attitude toward philosophical problems and that of Schlick and myself. Our attitude toward philosophical problems was not very different from that which scientists have toward their problems. For us the discussion of doubts and objections of others seemed the best way of testing a new idea in the field of philosophy just as much as in the fields of science; Wittgenstein, on the other hand, tolerated no critical examination by others, once the insight had been gained by an act of inspiration. I sometimes had the impression that the deliberately rational and unemotional attitude of the scientist and likewise any ideas which had the flavor of "enlightenment" were repugnant to Wittgenstein. At our very first meeting with Wittgenstein, Schlick unfortunately mentioned that I was interested in the problem of an international language like Esperanto. As I had expected, Wittgenstein was definitely opposed to this idea. But I was surprised by the vehemence of his emotions. A language which had not "grown organically" seemed to him not only useless but despicable.


Carnap pri Wittgenstein kaj Esperanto

Do pri filozofiaj problemoj estis frapa diferenco inter la sinteno de Wittgenstein kaj tio de Schlick kaj mi. Nia sinteno pri filozofiaj problemoj ne multe diferencis disde tio de sciencistoj pri ties problemoj. Por ni diskutado de duboj kaj kontraŭargumentoj fare de aliaj homoj ŝajnis la plej bona rimedo por testado de nova ideo en la filozofia fako samkiel en la sciencaj fakoj; Wittgenstein, aliflanke, toleris nenian kritikan ekzamenon fare de aliaj, post akiro de lia ekkompreno per ago de inspiro. Mi plurfoje gajnis impreson ke la konscie racia kaj ne-emocia sinteno de la sciencisto, kaj simile, ajnaj ideoj kiuj odoras je "Enlumiĝo," estis por Wittgenstein antipatiaj. Jam je nia unua renkonto kun Wittgenstein, Schlick, bedaŭrinde, menciis ke interesas min la problemo de internacia lingvo kia Esperanto. Kiel mi anticipis, Wittgenstein definitive kontraŭis ĉi tiun ideon. Tamen min surprizis la ardo de lia emocio. Lingvo kiu ne "kreskis organisme" ŝajnis je li ne nur senutila sed malaminda.


SOURCE / FONTO: Carnap, Rudolf. "Intellectual Autobiography," in: The Philosophy of Rudolf Carnap, ed. Paul Arthur Schilpp (La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1963; 3-84), p. 26. Esperanto translation by R. Dumain. (La citaĵo, kiun tradukis R. Dumain, devenas de la "Intelekta Aŭtobiografio" de Rudolf Carnap en La Filozofio de Rudolf Carnap [Karnap].)

Note: Section 11 of Carnap's autobiography—"Language Planning" (pp. 67-71)—contains an extended discussion of Carnap's involvement with Esperanto. (Carnap rakontas favore pri sia sperto de Esperanto en sekcio 11 de sia aŭtobiografio, pri lingvoplanado.) Part of the original English text can be found at Rudolf Carnap on IALs.


"Lingvoplanado" (Language Planning) de Rudolf Carnap

Wittgenstein on Esperanto

Ludwig Wittgenstein and Constructed Languages: Wittgenstein, Esperanto
by T. Peter Park

Carnap’s ‘Elimination of Metaphysics’ by V. Brushlinsky

Intelekto kaj ideologio en nia kulturo de K. R. C. Sturmer

Esperanto Study Guide / Esperanto-Gvidilo

Vienna Circle, Karl Popper, Frankfurt School, Marxism, McCarthyism & American Philosophy: Selected Bibliography

Positivism vs Life Philosophy (Lebensphilosophie) Study Guide

Offsite:

Rudolf Carnap on IALs

Rudolf Carnap - Vikipedio

Rudolf Carnap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rudolf Carnap (Online)


Home Page | Site Map | What's New | Coming Attractions | Book News
Bibliography | Mini-Bibliographies | Study Guides | Special Sections
My Writings | Other Authors' Texts | Philosophical Quotations
Blogs | Images & Sounds | External Links

CONTACT Ralph Dumain

Uploaded 4 September 2004
Links added 25 Dec. 2005, 12 Dec. 2006,
23 July & 7 August 2010, 18 July 2012

Site ©1999-2012 Ralph Dumain