Talk:Friedrich Waismann

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Waismann's concept of open texture, or porosity, has been very influential in legal philosophy through the writings of H.L.A Hart. (See Hart's The Concept of Law about rule skepticism and Waismann's article "Verifiability".) I think this article would profit on a section about porosity. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:05, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

Tags added, and citation and lead issues (incl. length relative to whole, over-long paragraph on advisor's history) noted[edit]

The article has many issues, including that citations for facts are lacking throughout (suggesting original research or plagiarism), the lead is longer than article and does not summarize it, and the paragraph appearing below is surpassingly long (given the subject of the article is Waismann rather than Schlick) and is also completely unreferenced. As well, the quotations in the lead are overly long—as long as the non-lead article.

Please edit lead to reasonable length, moving the noted paragraph and other unnecessary material to more relevant articles (or to "footnotes", here), and add the **absolutely requisite** citations to the text and any footnote. LeProf

"Schlick, professor of philosophy at the University of Vienna, was shot on the steps of the university by Johann Nelböck, one of his former students, on 22 June 1936. Schlick was among the first to explore the philosophical implications of Einstein’s theory of relativity, and also had a personal relationship with the scientist, having played with him in a chamber group after meeting him in Germany. The fact that eight of the 14 members of the Wiener Kreis school of philosophy (the group he helped found in 1924) were Jews, along with its general liberal ideology and modern, anti-speculative philosophy, secured its place in the category of the “Jewish”. In addition, his visible support of Jewish doctoral students such as Herbert Feigl, who was not able to gain a position as Privatdozent in Vienna after gaining his doctorate in 1928 due to antisemitism, and Waismann, whose position as librarian was terminated in January 1936 for the same reason, also fostered the belief that Schlick, too, was Jewish. By the time he was appointed Chair of Philosophy at the University of Vienna in 1922, the use of antisemitism as a way to express opposition to the philosophical ideals of those like Schlick was already in vogue. A group of his academic opponents unsuccessfully attempted to block his university appointment. Nelböck was tried and sentenced, but the event became a distorted cause célèbre around which crystallized the growing nationalist and anti-Jewish sentiments in the city. After the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in 1938 the assassin was released on license after serving 2 years of a 10 year sentence."

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:44, 23 November 2013 (UTC)