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Cambridge Companions to Philosophy : The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell - Nicholas Griffin

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell

By: Nicholas Griffin (Editor)


Published: 1st April 2010
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Bertrand Russell ranks as one of the giants of twentieth-century philosophy. Through his books, journalism, correspondence and political activity he exerted a profound influence on modern thought. This companion centers on Russell's contributions to modern philosophy and, therefore, concentrates on the early part of his career. There are chapters on Russell's contributions to the foundations of mathematics, and on his development of new logical methods in philosophy and their application to such fields as epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of language. The intellectual background to his work is covered, as is his engagement with such contemporaries as Frege and G. E. Moore. The final chapter considers Russell as a moral philosopher. 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.

'All academic libraries catering for serious philosophers will want to stock copies of this book, to sit alongside the 28 volumes of Russell's collected papers and his 22 monograph philosophical works.' Reference Reviews 'This book does the job of a Companion extremely well whilst managing a few surprises along the way. We are given a wealth of historical background material surrounding Russell's early work that is extremely well researched and, at times, highly illuminating, together with clarity and coherence of exposition regarding some extremely challenging areas in logic, mathematics, philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology. This is combined with original and interesting interpretation that can meet the demands of more advanced Russell scholars without detracting from its usefulness as a reference work. Doubtless this will prove a valuable addition to work on Russell for many years to come.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

Mathematics in and behind Russell's logicism, and its reception
Russell's philosophical background
Russell and Moore, 1898âÇô1905
Russell and Frege
Bertrand Russell's logicism
The theory of description
Russell's substitutional theory
The theory of types
Russell's method of analysis
Russell's neutral monism
The metaphysics of logical atomism
Russell's structuralism and the absolute description of the world
From knowledge by acquaintance to knowledge by causation
Russell, experience and the roots of science
Bertrand Russell: moral philosopher or unphilosophical moralist?
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ISBN: 9780521631785
ISBN-10: 0521631785
Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 572
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 1.01