Arthur Pap

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Arthur Pap (Oct. 1st, 1921, Zürich - Sept, 7th, 1959, New Haven) was a philosopher in the school of analytic philosophy. Pap published a number of books regarding analytical philosophy, its function within philosophy, and its impact on society.

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Arthur Pap was born on October 1, 1921 in Zürich, Switzerland in aJewish family. His musical talent was revealed early and his passionfor playing the piano remained through all of his life.The Limits of Logical Empirism; Selected papers of Arthur Pap (2006), eds. Keupnik A. and Shieh S., Springer: Synthese Library, Vol. 334, includes A brief Intellectual Biography by Shieh S. pp. 365-368 and Biographical Notes by Pauline Pap, pp. 369-374 In high school Pap developed also a passion for philosophy and enrolled at Zürich University, where took courses in philosophy and logic from Karl Dürr. At the start of World War II the family fled to the United States and, in 1941, settled in New York City. Pap entered the Juilliard School of Music where he spend a term before starting his studies at Columbia in the fall of 1941. After obtaining his B.A. at Columbia, Pap went to Yale University in 1943 for his master’s degree. Ernst Cassirer who was guest professor at Yale during the period 1941-1944 became his supervisor and provided the original stimulus for Pap’s work on hypothetical necessity and the functional a priori. In 1944 Pap went back to Columbia where he completed his Ph.D. thesis...
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