Online: Balthasar Grabmayer |Carnap and the Structure of Formal Language

Institute Vienna Circle and Logic Café

Carnap and the Structure of Formal Language

Date: 18/01/2021

Time: 17h15

Plattform/Accesss: online Logic Café:


In this talk I will discuss the structuralist approach to formal language, with special attention to Carnap's account developed in his /Logical Syntax of Language/. In the first part of the talk I will argue that Carnap's structuralist account is inadequate, since it is based on a too coarse-grained notion of formal structure which fails to carve out central meta-logical properties as structural. In the second part I will propose two refinements of Carnap's approach which are based on more fine-grained notions of formal structure.