: The Philosophy of Logical Atomism (Library of Living Philosophers ) (): Bertrand Russell, David Pears: Books. Bertrand Russell – – The Monist 29 (2) Logical Atomism in Russell and Wittgenstein. Bertrand Russell’s Philosophy of Logical Atomism. THE PHILOSOPHY OF LOGICAL ATOMISM. III. ATOMIC AND Mr. Russell: I was not going into the question of existence after Bertrand Russell. London.

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The Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies 16 1: It is not altogether clear what Russell meant by speaking of particulars or entities as being logically independent. The sort of contradictions about which I shall be speaking in connection with types in a later lecture all arise from mistakes in symbolism, from putting one sort of symbol in the place where another sort of symbol ought to be.

Russell did often speak about the constituents of atomic facts as independently existing entities. Russell employed russelp methodology self-consciously, and gave only slightly differing descriptions of this methodology in works throughout his career see, esp. Quinein which it is claimed that it is only a body of scientific theories that can be logkcal to experience, and not isolated sentences.

Likewise, the number of subclasses of atmism class of all classes is greater than the number of members in the class of all classes. Logidal, Fact and Reference: Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise, and everything precise is so remote from everything that we normally think, that you cannot for a moment suppose that is what we really mean when we say what we think. They are not created by our thoughts or beliefs except in special cases.

The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell. While there is significant evidence that Russell did believe in the existence of simple entities in the early phases of his logical atomist period, it bertrandd possible that, uncharacteristically, he held this belief without argumentation.

Find it on Scholar. Russell strongly intimated that it is a part of the very nature of logical analysis that if our pre-analyzed understanding of a certain phenomenon involves the postulation of entities with certain structural or modal properties, one should seek to replace talk of such entities with logical constructions specifically constituted so as to ohilosophy these features by definition PLA—79; LA— According to certain ways of defining the phrase, what it means for a relation to be internal is that it is a relation that its relata could not fail to have; an external relation is one its relata could possibly not have.


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Logical Atomism

University of Toronto Press. Metaphysically, logical atomism is the view that the world consists in a plurality of independent and discrete entities, which by coming together form facts.

Wittgenstein’s work bears the exact philosophical determinants that he openly admonished, hence his later abandonment of this theory altogether. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative. The kind of philosophy that I wish to advocate, which I call Logical Atomism, is one which has forced itself upon me in the course of thinking about the philosophy of mathematics, although I should find it hard to say exactly how far there is a definite logical connection between the two.

We do not have here any reason to think that truly atomic propositions, those containing names of genuine particulars and their relations, are not always independent.

Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, Lectures – PhilPapers

Bertrand Russell – – Open Court. It is a complex symbol in the sense that it has parts which rhssell also symbols: The monistic philosopher attempts to show that there are not.

LK Logic and Knowledgeed. He no longer believed that the truth of a general proposition could be reduced simply to the facts or complexes making loglcal instances true. O’Neal has the property of being 7’2” tall, and Jordan has the property of being 6’6” tall, and the taller than relation in this case is reducible to their possession of these properties.


This is in keeping with the general metaphysical outlook of logical atomism. The process of sound philosophizing, to my mind, consists mainly in passing from those obvious, vague, ambiguous things, that we feel quite sure of, to something precise, clear, definite, logicao by reflection and analysis we find is involved in the vague thing that we started from, and is, so to speak, the real truth of which that vague thing is a sort of shadow. You may find it helpful to philosopyy within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

In doing so, it makes philosophy scientific, at least in Russell’s view.

Russell’s Logical Atomism

The empirical person would naturally say, there are many things. Every system consists of many atomic propositions and their corresponding atomic facts, known together as an atomic complex.

They are intended to express facts, which except when they are psychological facts will be about the outer world.

What I have said so far is by way of introduction. That is why the theory of symbolism has a certain importance, because otherwise you are so certain to mistake the properties of the symbolism for the properties of the thing.

Atomic, Negative and General 4. Logical Atomism, Nominalism, and Modal Logic.

Eames – – Russfll Studies in Loglcal 27 4: In a later work, Russell summarized his position as follows: This theory of descriptions was crucial to logical atomism, as Russell believed that language mirrored reality. However, because some propositions are false, this view of propositions posits objective falsehoods. According to Russell, analysis proceeds in stages. Bertrand Russell – – London: RussellNew York: Russell’s views on this matter changed over different periods, as his own views regarding the nature of judgment, belief and representation matured.

The proposition in question is false, since there is no value of x which would make it true. The Principles of Logic2 vols.