Susan Stebbing and the Early Reception of Logical Empiricism in Britain

Michael Beaney*

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Susan Stebbing (1885–1943) played a central role in the development of the analytic tradition in the 1930s, publishing the first textbook of analytic philosophy in 1930. She was also responsible for introducing logical empiricism into Britain. In two papers written in the early 1930s, she critically compared logical empiricism with Cambridge philosophy, thereby bringing into dialogue the two main schools of philosophy that came to form the analytic tradition. In this paper I offer an account of Stebbing’s work and her place in the history of analytic philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfluences on the Aufbau
EditorsChristian Damböck
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783319218762
ISBN (Print)9783319218755
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Publication series

NameVienna Circle Institute Yearbook
ISSN (Print)0929-6328
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1818


  • Logical Thinking
  • Reflective Thinking
  • Logical Positivist
  • Logical Empiricism
  • Vienna Circle


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