The Russellian Origins of Analytical Philosophy: Bertrand Russell and the Unity of the Proposition

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"It is commonly remarked that Russell's philosophy can be characterized by the lack of any consistent thesis throughout his career. The Russellian Origins of Analytical Philosophy focuses on Russell's treatment of propositions and propositional content in order to show that his philosophy is best understood as a consistent response to a core set of problems." This book explores in detail the repercussions for his philosophical logic of Russell's discovery of the contradiction in 1901. From close study of Russell's development of the theory of types, including the recently rediscovered work on his substitutional theory in unpublished manuscripts, an interpretation of Russell's philosophical logic emerges which provides new and important insights into his philosophy as a whole, and places the problem of the unity of the proposition at its heart from start to finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415591546
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Stevens is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Manchester, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Russell and the problem of the unity of the proposition 1
1 Russell, Frege, and the analysis of unities 12
2 Russell's paradox and the beginnings of the theory of types 32
3 Ramification and principia mathematica 58
4 The rise and fall of the multiple-relation theory of judgment 90
5 Propositions naturalized 108
6 Facts, propositions, and truth 128
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