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Unformatted text preview: In addition to serving as a lightning rod for many different political agendas, Einstein's relativity theory also gave rise to a particular philosophical approach to science called logical positivism. Inspired by Einstein's method of defining concepts in terms of laboratory experiments, the logical positivists held that the only statements that we can know to be true are those that positive experimental evidence can verify. They also emphasized the role of symbolic logic in the formulation of scientific theories. The logical positivist school was an intellectual product of the Vienna Circle, a group of brilliant young intellectuals who gathered in Vienna in the 1920s and early 1930s under the organization of the Viennese physicist and philosopher Moritz Schlick. These thinkers wanted to rid science of all metaphysical speculation, basing it instead on...
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