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Russell's Logical Atomism

David Bostock


The book considers Bertrand Russell’s work in logic, mainly from 1900 to 1910, and his work in epistemology and metaphysics, mainly from 1910 to 1924. The part on logic includes a discussion of his seminal article ‘On Denoting’ (1905), but is mainly concerned with the development of his simple and his ramified theory of types, which culminated in Principia Mathematica of 1910. The merits and drawbacks of these theories are noted. The parts on epistemology and metaphysics begin with his ‘principle of acquaintance’, which is supposed to explain our understanding of propositions, but is open to m ... More

Keywords: Bertrand Russell, logical atomism, logic, types, knowledge, acquaintance, foundationalism, construction of bodies, construction of minds, metaphysics, propositions, universals, facts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199651443
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199651443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bostock, author
Merton College, Oxford