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August 2020

Bertrand Russell Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 16: Bertrand Russell 4: break statements into logical atoms

(See the first two paragraphs of my first post on BR, here.)  BR thought that many problems of Philosophy could be solved by exposing the hidden elements of meaning that statements are made of.  Philosophy had always created insoluble pseudo-problems for itself by not exposing them. This was his Logical Atomism or Logical Analysis. Russell’s had previously tried to reduce mathematics to logic, which was called Logicism (see here).   Now…

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Russell's epistemology Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 15: Bertrand Russell 3: What is Knowledge?

(See the first two paragraphs of my first post on BR, here.)  Thirdly on Russell, here is a summary of his Epistemology: his understanding of what knowledge is and how we acquire it. [first published in his book The Problems of Philosophy (1912), continued in his Our Knowledge of the External World (1914), and in his article The Relation of Sense-Data to Physics (1914).] I am suddenly speechless on what to…

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Bertrand Russell Logicism Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 14: Bertrand Russell 2: boiling maths down to logic

(See the first two paragraphs of my first post on BR, here.)   Russell’s attempt to show that mathematics is just glorified logic is called Logicism.  It was a pretty convincing attempt. He published it in Principia Mathematica  (1910-1913) which he wrote with Whitehead.  This post is a summary of it, paraphrased from other sites that explain it for us.   Logicism is in the philosophy of mathematics and consists of one…

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Bertrand Russell Anti-Philosophy

‘Philosophy’ has always been bunk, 13: Bertrand Russell 1: his human wisdoms

Bertrand Russell always struck me as conspicuously lackingin human intelligence, otherwise known as Wisdom.  He showed no awareness of the darkness and depth in men’s souls.  His mind whirred like a clock endlessly doing logico-mathematical puzzles, and applying it to human matters.  He was rationalistic, humanistic and pacifistic, and believed in his own goodness because goodness is what he intended, you see. When I was a little boy, a close…

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