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.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nicholas Griffin; 1. Mathematics in and behind Russell's logicism, and its reception I. Grattan-Guinness; 2. Russell's philosophical background Nicholas Griffin; 3. Russell and Moore, 1898-1905 Richard L. Cartwright; 4. Russell and Frege Michael Beaney; 5. Bertrand Russell's logicism Martin Godwyn and A. D. Irvine; 6. The theory of description Peter Hylton; 7. Russell's substitutional theory Gregory Landini; 8. The theory of types Alasdair Urquhart; 9. Russell's method of analysis Paul Hager; 10. Russell's neutral monism R. E. Tully; 11. The metaphysics of logical atomism Bernard Linsky; 12. Russell's structuralism and the absolute description of the world William Demopoulos; 13. From knowledge by acquaintance to knowledge by causation Thomas Baldwin; 14. Russell, experience and the roots of science A. C. Grayling; 15. Bertrand Russell: moral philosopher or unphilosophical moralist? Charles R. Pidgen.