The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell

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Overview

Bertrand Russell ranks as one of the giants of 20th century philosophy. This Companion focuses on Russell's contributions to modern philosophy and, therefore, concentrates on the early part of his career. Through his books, journalism, correspondence and political activity he exerted a profound influence on modern thought. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Russell available. Advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Russell.

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"...the editor and authors have done a tremendous job selectively choosing topics and themes within Russell's philosophical work to focus on. ...there is nothing to compare to it in providing an accessible but comprehensive introduction to Russell's philosophy..." The Bertrand Russell Society Quarterly

"Unequalled by any other collection of essays on Russell." Journal of Bertrand Russell studies

"Despite the editor's modest claims for the book, The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell succeeds in giving an accurate, multi-dimensional account of Russell's early and late epistemological, metaphysical and moral theories, one that shows the continuity in the development of his philosophy." u De Philosophia, Iva Apostolova

"There is no work currently available that would provide a better overall guide to Russell's philosophy and views of logic. It is certainly worth a read for studetns and scholars in philosophy and logic alike." Kevin C. Klement, University of Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521636346
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 570
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations Used in Citations
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Mathematics in and behind Russell's Logicism, and Its Reception 51
2 Russell's Philosophical Background 84
3 Russell and Moore, 1898-1905 108
4 Russell and Frege 128
5 Bertrand Russell's Logicism 171
6 The Theory of Descriptions 202
7 Russell's Substitutional Theory 241
8 The Theory of Types 286
9 Russell's Method of Analysis 310
10 Russell's Neutral Monism 332
11 The Metaphysics of Logical Atomism 371
12 Russell's Structuralism and the Absolute Description of the World 392
13 From Knowledge by Acquaintance to Knowledge by Causation 420
14 Russell, Experience, and the Roots of Science 449
15 Bertrand Russell: Moral Philosopher or Unphilosophical Moralist? 475
Selective Bibliography 507
Index 541
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