Logic as a Positive Science

Logic as a Positive Science

Logic as a Positive Science is one of the major works of Italian Marxist philosopher Galvano Della Volpe. It was first published in 1950 as "Logica come Scienza positiva". A second edition appeared in 1956 and according to translator, Jon Rothschild, Della Volpe was reportedly working on a third edition at the time of his death in 1968 which was never completed. The definitive, enlarged edition was published posthumously in 1969 under the slightly different title "Logica Come Scienza Storica"cite book |author=Makaryk, Irena Rima |title=Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms |publisher=University of Toronto Press |location=Toronto |year=1993 |pages=291-293 |isbn=0-8020-6860-X |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=CTJCiLG9AeoC&pg=PA291&dq=%22LOGICA+COME+SCIENZA+STORICA%22&output=html&sig=ACfU3U1BWKf7SsUCQrky4xDoLKIrsUopLQ |accessdate=] Jon Rothschild translated the book into English for New Left Books (now Verso), and was first published by them as "Logic as a Positive Science" in 1980.

The book's thesis was basically that whatever progress has been made in philosophy has come out of struggles against apriorist idealism and Della Volpe provides in his book several case studies of such critiques of apriorism including Plato's critique of Parmenides, Aristotle's critique of Plato, Galileo's critique of scholastic science, Kant's critique of Leibniz's rationalism, and the young Marx's critique of Hegelian idealism.


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