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Propositions, Functions, and Analysis: Selected Essays on Russell's Philosophy

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Overview

"The work of Bertrand Russell had a decisive influence on the emergence of analytic philosophy, and on its subsequent development. The essays collected in this volume, by one of the leading authorities on Russell's philosophy, all aim at recapturing and articulating aspects of Russell's philosophical vision during his most influential and important period, the two decades following his break with Idealism in 1899." One theme of the collection is Russell's views about propositions and the analysis of propositions, and the relation of those views to his rejection of Idealism. Another theme is the development of Russell's logicism. Hylton emphasizes Russell's conception of logic and argues that Russell's logicism plays a crucial role in Russell's argument against Idealism. A further focus of the volume is Russell's views about functions and propositional functions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199543625
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hylton is Professor of Philosophy and UIC Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago; he has been Chair of the department since August 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University. His chief area of interest is in understanding, interpreting, and coming to terms with the history of analytic philosophy.

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Table of Contents

1 The nature of the proposition and the revolt against idealism 9
2 Beginning with analysis 30
3 Logic in Russell's logicism 49
4 Russell's substitutional theory 83
5 The vicious circle principle 108
6 Review of Dummett's Origins of Analytical Philosophy 115
7 Functions and propositional functions in Principia Mathematica 122
8 Functions, operations, and sense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus 138
9 Frege and Russell 153
10 The theory of descriptions 185
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