Wittgenstein – “In order for …”

Wittgentsein - The Duty of Genius by Ray MonkLudwig Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951) is regarded by many as one of the most influential philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. Several of his ideas were adapted by logical positivists, whose movement formed the antecedent to contemporary philosophies such as positivism and postpositivism.

If a proposition can never be capable of being false (what Karl Popper later called “falsifiability”), a consequence is that it can’t be tested empirically, which is the litmus test for scientific theories. More on Wittgentstein