All posts by Richard Zach

New in JHAP: Thomas Uebel on American Pragmatism and the Vienna Circle: The Early Years

Read the full paper on the JHAP website (open access)!
Discussions of the relation between pragmatism and logical empiricism tend to focus on the period when the logical empiricists found themselves in exile, mostly in the United States, and then attempt to gauge the actual extent of their convergence. My concern lies with the period before that and the question whether pragmatism had an earlier influence on the development of logical empiricism, especially on the thought of the former members of the “first” Vienna Circle. I argue for a substantially qualified affirmative answer.

History of Analytic at the Pacific APA

SSHAP is organizing a session at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA next week in Vancouver, in the group program on Thursday, April 2, 6-9 pm:

G5M Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy
Topic: Analytic Rigor and Scientific Ambition: Wissenschaftlichkeit in the History of Analytic Philosophy
Chair: John Woods (University of British Columbia)
Speakers: David Sullivan (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
“An Odd Interval: Before the Rise of Scientific Philosophy”
Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)
“Carnap, Structuralism, and the Axiomatic Method”
Sean Morris (Metropolitan State University of Denver)
“Russell, Idealism, and the Emergence of Scientific Philosophy”
Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia)
“The Rise of Scientific Philosophy and the Decline of Scientific Philosophy: Forging the American Consensus on ‘Analytic Philosophy’ circa 1950”

Other sessions of interest:

Wednesday, April 1, morning, 9-noon:

1K Colloquium: Peirce
Chair: Sharyn Clough (Oregon State University)
Speaker: Frederic R. Kellogg (George Washington University)
“The Social Dimension of Logical Induction: Law and Science in the Formative Years of Pragmatism” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: J. M. Fritzman (Lewis & Clark College)
Chair: Robert Brain (University of British Columbia)
Speaker: Bernard Linsky (University of Alberta)
“Peirce’s Law from The Principles of Mathematics to Principia Mathematica[abstract + preprint]
Commentator: Owen Anderson (Arizona State University)

Thursday, April 2, morning, 9-noon:

4A Book Symposium: Greg Frost-Arnold, Carnap, Tarski, and Quine at Harvard: Conversations on Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Chair: Alexei Angelides (Stanford University)
Speakers: Richard Creath (Arizona State University)
Gary Ebbs (Indiana University Bloomington)
Greg Lavers (Concordia University)
Greg Frost-Arnold (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Thursday, April 2, early evening, 4-6:

6C Invited Paper: History and Philosophy of Mathematics
Chair: Audrey Yap (University of Victoria)
Speaker: Janet Folina (Macalester College)
“Poincaré and Structuralism in the Philosophy of Mathematics”
Commentators: Nicolas Fillion (Simon Fraser University)
Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia)

Friday, April 3, morning, 9-noon:

7G Invited Symposium: Philosophy and Geometry
Chair: Richard Zach (University of Calgary)
Speakers: Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech)
“Geometry and Physics in the Nineteenth Century” [abstract]
John Mumma (California State University, San Bernardino)
“Intuitions, Axioms, and Euclid’s Diagrammatic Proof Method”
Dirk Schlimm (McGill University)

Friday, April 4, afternoon, 1-4:

8F Invited Symposium: Wittgenstein’s ‘Picture Theory’
Chair: Boris Kment (Princeton University)
Speakers: Gregory Landini (University of Iowa)
“Structured Variables in the Tractatus” [abstract]
Mathieu Marion (Université du Québec à Montréal)
“Mathematics and the Picture Theory”
Susan G Sterrett (Wichita State University)
“Pictures, Models, and Measures”
Chon Tejedor (University of Hertfordshire and Oxford University)
“Picturing and Purpose in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Friday, April 3, early evening, 4-6

9F Colloquium: Peirce on Signs
Chair: Samuel Henry (University of Chicago)
Speaker: Marc Champagne (University of Helsinki)
“Poinsot Versus Peirce on the Possibility of Complete Iconicity” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: James Crippen (California State University, Fullerton)
Chair: Shigeyuki Atarashi (Doshisha University)
Speaker: Jeffrey Downard (Northern Arizona University)
“Peirce’s Icon and the Essential Triad” [abstract + preprint]
Commentator: William James McCurdy (Idaho State University)


New issue and changes at JHAP

We’re delighted to announce the publication of a new issue of JHAP.

After three years of operation, JHAP is also pleased to welcome five new associate editors and to feature a new Reviews section. Gary Ebbs, Kevin C Klement, Lydia Patton, Marcus Rossberg, and Audrey Yap are our new associate editors, in addition to Greg Frost-Arnold, Henry Jackman, Mark Textor, and Richard Zach. Sandra Lapointe remains editor in chief. The Reviews section is managed by Juliet Floyd, Chris Pincock, and Sean Morris.

The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia: Deadline Extended

Submissions of extended abstracts (of 1500 words max) for presentation at the conference “The Vienna Circle in Czechoslovakia” are invited. The conference will explore the  connections between the history, members and philosophy of the Vienna Circle and the Czechoslovak region, and take place from 26th to 28th February 2015 in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It is organized by the Institute Vienna Circle at the University of Vienna and the Research Centre for Theory and Histoy of Science at the University of West Bohemia. Free registration is opened on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is extended to 15th December 2014.

For more information on the conference, please see the conference website.

SSHAP and JHAP Online

The Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy and the associated Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy have combined their social media presences: you can now follow SSHAP and JHAP together on facebook and on Twitter as @SSHAPonline.  And, as you can tell, we’ve revamped our website. You can follow posts here as well; here’s the RSS feed.

You can now also apply for a (free!) membership online.

Call for Papers: Russell Society @ Central APA

Bertrand Russell Society Session
American Philosophy Association Central Division Meeting
Chicago Illinois
February 20, 2015

The Bertrand Russell Society is pleased to announce the Bertrand Russell Session, to be held at the APA Central Division Meeting, February 20, 2015. We welcome submissions in any area of Russell’s philosophy broadly construed. These areas can include, but are not limited to, Russell’s place in the history of philosophy or his work in/influence on logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of education, or ethics.

Guidelines: Presentations should be prepared for no more than 20 minutes. Submissions can either be full papers or abstracts. However, preference will be given to full papers.

Deadline: Please email submissions to by November 23, 2014.

Bertrand Russell Society website:

Call for Papers: SSHAP 2015

Fourth Annual Conference of the
Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy (SSHAP 2015)

Dublin, 4-6 June 2015

The fourth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy will be held at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 4-6 June 2015. The local organizers are James Levine and Peter Simons. This year, the conference will be held jointly with the meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society.

 Invited Speakers:

  • Tom Baldwin (York)

  • Juliette Kennedy (Helsinki)

  • Michael Kremer (Chicago)

  • Wolfgang Künne (Hamburg)

The Society for Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy is an international organization aimed at promoting discussion in all areas of scholarship concerning the development of philosophical logic, philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, the philosophy of science and epistemology. It welcomes scholars interested in the many ways in which the disciplines were influenced by thinkers such as Bolzano, Brentano and his school, Husserl, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, the Vienna Circle, Tarski and the Polish school, for instance, but also seeks to promote work engaging with lesser know figures and trends.

Please visit our website

Call for Papers

SSHAP invites submissions for its 2015 annual conference. Paper submissions in all areas of the history of analytic philosophy are welcome.

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in a special volume of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. (

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015.

Submission Instructions

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically according to the following guidelines:

1) Papers should be prepared for blind refereeing, 2) put into PDF file format, and 3) sent as an email attachment to the address given below — where 4) the subject line of the submission email should include the key-phrase “SSHAP submission”, and 5) the body text of the email message should constitute a cover page for the submission by including i) return email address, ii) author’s name, iii) affiliation, iv) paper title, and v) short abstract.

Time allowed for presentation is 60 minutes (including discussion). We recommend that paper be no longer than 4000 words.

Electronic submissions should be sent to