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Bertrand Russell Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

Bertrand Russell 4, separating language into its logical elements

Fourthly, here is a summary of Russell’s effort to render language down into its atoms of meaning — his ‘logical atomism’ or ‘logical analysis’.  As I understand it, this was done to solve many of the problems of philosophy which had been caused, according to BR, by the failure to unravel the elements of meaning that statements are made of.  This became the basis of the new ‘analytic philosophy’ that…

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Bertrand Russell 3, What is Knowledge?

Thirdly, here is a summary of Russell’s epistemology: his understanding of what knowledge is and how we acquire it. All I have done, in order to understand what BR was saying, is to slightly edit and re-word paragraphs from other sites, to give the nub of what he meant and in plain language.  His epistemology was first published in his The Problems of Philosophy (1912).   From here: Russell wrote that there…

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Bertrand Russell 2, boiling maths down to logic

This is a summary of Russell’s logicism which was his attempt to show that mathematics could be boiled down to logic! That was the substance of his Principia Mathematica  (1910-1913) which he wrote with Whitehead.  That first stark statement of mine may not be absolutely correct but it’s the best I can do.  This post consists merely of excerpts, slightly paraphrased and edited from other sites (except where they are directly…

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Bertrand Russell 1, his human wisdoms

Here is BR on human matters.  Let me kick off with these because it gives a clue to BR ‘s mind in the sphere of human wisdom.  You may feel it’s ignoble to snipe at a ‘great’ who’s dead, but this is what I think:  On his own life: In the prologue to his autobiography, Russell wrote that three passions had always governed him: ‘the longing for love, the search…

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