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AuthorHager, Paul J. author
TitleContinuity and Change in the Development of Russell's Philosophy [electronic resource] / by Paul J. Hager
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1994
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Descript XIII, 200 p. online resource


The general view of Russell's work amongst philosophers has been that repeatยญ edly, during his long and distinguished career, crucial changes of mind on funยญ damental points were significant enough to cause him to successively adopt a diversity of radically new philosophical positions. Thus Russell is seen to have embraced and then abandoned, amongst others, neo-Hegelianism, Platonic reยญ alism, phenomenalism and logical atomism, before settling finally on a form of neutral monism that philosophers have generally found to be incredible. This view of Russell is captured in C. D. Broad's famous remark that "Mr. Russell proยญ duces a different system of philosophy every few years . . . " (Muirhead, 1924: 79). Reflecting this picture of Russell continually changing his position, books and papers on Russell's philosophy have typically belonged to one of two kinds. Either they have concentrated on particular periods of his thought that are taken to be especially significant, or, accepting the view of his successive conversion to disยญ tinctly different philosophical positions, they have provided some account of each of these supposedly disconnected periods of his thought. While much good work has been done on Russell's philosophy, this framework has had its limitations, the main one being that it conceals the basic continuity behind his thought


1. Introduction -- One Analysis and Relations โ{128}{148} The Key to Continuity in Russell's Philosophy -- 2. Russellian Analysis in Mathematical Philosophy -- 3. Russellian Analysis in General Philosophy -- 4. A Systematic Account of Russellian Analysis -- 5. Relations in Mathematical Philosophy -- 6. Relations in General Philosophy -- 7. Logical Constructions and Relations -- 8. The Distinctiveness of Russellian Analysis -- Two Theories of Space and Time โ{128}{148} The Key to Change in Russell's Philosophy -- 9. The Impact of Russell's Philosophical Predecessors on His Space and Time Theories -- 10. Space and Time in the Platonist Phase (1899-1913) -- 11. Space and Time in the Empiricist Phase (1914-1918) -- 12. Space and Time in the Modified Empiricist Phase (1919 Onwards) -- 13. Conclusion

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