: 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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Russell’s Logical Atomism

Selected Writingsed. In Defense of the Unification Argument for Predicativism. A proposition involving the simplest kind of second-order quantifier, i. I think that it is of the very essence of logcal explanation of what you mean by a symbol to take account of such things as knowing, of cognitive relations, and probably also of association.

An atomic proposition, also known as an elemental judgement, is a fundamental statement describing a single entity. You can see it in another way. It would be a mistake, of course, to say that all facts are true.

I should propose to refute his a priori bertrxnd. Ironically, nowhere is this more true than in the later writings of Wittgenstein, especially his Philosophical Investigations TK Theory of Knowledge: It also requires the truth that there are no other individuals besides abcetc. One begins with a certain theory, doctrine or collection of beliefs which is taken to be more or less correct, but is taken to be philosohy certain regards vague, imprecise, disunified, overly complex or in some other way confused or puzzling.

Logical and Philosophical Papers, Similarly, although Russell admitted that such a proposition as 1 is equivalent to a formal implication, i.

It seems to me that when your object is, not simply rjssell study the history or development of mind, but to ascertain the nature of the world, you do not want to go any further back than you are already yourself. Prior to analysis, such propositions appear to be logically incompatible atomic propositions.

It is also widely bertranr that the early work the Tractatus and pre- Tractatus writings of his Austrian-born pupil and colleague, Ludwig Wittgensteindefend a version of logical atomism. As a result of such a process, the system of beliefs with which one began takes on a new form in which connections between various concepts it uses are made clear, the logical interrelations between various theses of the theory are clarified, and vague or unclear aspects of the original terminology are eliminated.


There are such facts involved, equally when we speak truly and when we speak falsely. Indeed, Russell believed that the results obtained through the process of analysis obtain their epistemic warrant inductively from the evident truth of their logical consequences see, e. In what follows, various aspects of Russell’s logical atomism are discussed in greater detail. On Russell’s view, vagueness is a feature of language, not of the world.

Category Task Force Discussion. You cannot go outside yourself and consider abstractly whether the things that appear to you to be true are true; you may do this in a particular case, where one of your beliefs is changed in consequence of others among your beliefs. Russell, on the other hand, believed that these subjects, particularly ethics, though belonging not to philosophy nor science and of possessing an inferior epistemological foundation, were of certain interest.

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It is therefore impossible by definition for the same physical object to occupy wholly distinct locations at the same time. When some set of supposed entities has neat logical properties, it turns logicql, in a great many instances, that the supposed entities can be replaced by purely logical constructions composed of entities which have not such neat properties.

When Russell spoke about the general philosophical methodology described here, he usually had in mind applying the process of analysis to an entire body of knowledge or set of data.

Even into the s, Russell claimed that he “rather avoided labels” in describing his views—with the exception of “logical atomism. It has other interesting sides to it too. According to this theory, even ordinary objects of daily life “are apparently complex entities”.


It is quite obvious as soon as it is pointed out to you, but as a matter of fact I never had realized it until it was pointed out to me by a former pupil of mine, Wittgenstein. The rest of the time you think about the symbols, because they are tangible, but the thing you are supposed to be thinking about is fearfully difficult and one does not often manage to think about it.

In POMRussell expressed the view that grammar is a useful guide in understanding the make-up of a proposition, and even that in many cases, the make-up of a proposition corresponding to a sentence can be understood by determining, for each word of the sentence, what entity in the proposition is meant by the word POM When we make a judgment, typically, it is not our ideas, or parts of our ideas, which our judgment is about.

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

Learn More in these related Britannica articles: What is now required is to give the greatest possible development to mathematical logic, to allow to the full the importance of relations, and then philosphy found upon this secure gussell a new philosophical logic, which may hope to borrow some of the exactitude and certainty of its mathematical foundation.

On this picture, the simplest sort of fact or complex consists either of a single individual or particular bearing a quality, or a number of individuals bearing a relation to one another. According to the conception of number found in Frege’s Grundgesetze der Arithmetika number can be regarded as an equivalence class consisting of those classes whose members can be put in correspondence with any other atomisj of the class. No keywords specified fix it. You cannot name them at all.

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