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The Fate of the Vienna Circle

March 17th, 2006 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

This comment was posted at another blog in response to an attack on Biola philosophy. Mr. Anderson actually responded to it, arguing that the starting point of Christian faith is at least as valid as the starting point of empiricism. In reading DSH’s comment, he relied heavily on the authority of 20th century empiricists and mentioned the Vienna Circle. I thought it would be a good time to dive in to the project and fate of that group as their “criterion of verifiability” illustrates a rather large problem in the empiricist project.

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Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.