Bertrand Russell and the Edwardian Philosophers: Constructing the World

Bertrand Russell and the Edwardian Philosophers: Constructing the World

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by Omar Nasim
     
 
This book demonstrates the influence of an Edwardian 'Controversy' on Russell's philosophy of the external world. It brings to our attention a debate that raged amongst Edwardian philosophers on issues of central significance to analytic philosophy before Bertrand Russell entered the discussion. In explaining this Edwardian 'Controversy', Omar Nasim combines

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This book demonstrates the influence of an Edwardian 'Controversy' on Russell's philosophy of the external world. It brings to our attention a debate that raged amongst Edwardian philosophers on issues of central significance to analytic philosophy before Bertrand Russell entered the discussion. In explaining this Edwardian 'Controversy', Omar Nasim combines meticulous scholarly detail with accessibility to argue that the formation of the original strands of 'realism' in British philosophy, usually credited to only Russell and Moore, can in fact be linked also to a group of Edwardian philosophers that included G.F. Stout and Sir T.P. Nunn. The author re-examines the history of well-known notions like 'sense-data' and 'sensibilia', and makes a case for understanding Russell's appeal for the application of 'logical constructions', at first only used as a device in mathematical logic, to the problem of the external world. This switch in the application of logical construction is seen as the rise of a new philosophical method. This book will not only shed light on the relevant doctrines of some of the Edwardian philosophers, but will also demonstrate the considerable role they played in the history of early analytic philosophy.

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Nasim's book is an excellent first in the series History of Analytic Philosophy...' - British Journal for the History of Philosophy

'...a fascinating reappraisal of Russell's motivations and influences that significantly advances our understanding of Russell's philosophy...This book is a very original study that genuinely deepens our understanding of Russell by presenting new insight into his motivations and concerns at the time when he was engaged in some of the most important work of his career.' - The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230253865
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/31/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
443 KB

Meet the Author

Omar Nasim is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

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