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p. 292. Logic and philosophylocked

p. 292. Logic and philosophylocked

  • A. C. Grayling


‘Logic and philosophy’ shows that Russell's first truly original philosophical endeavour was to show that mathematics rests on logic. The project failed, but a number of important philosophical advances came out of the attempt. In his own account of his philosophical development Russell states that his philosophical life divides into two, the first part consisting in an early and short-lived flirtation with idealism, the second, inspired by his discovery of new logical techniques from Peano, dominating his outlook from then on. His work on the foundations of mathematics (including Principia Mathematica), logicism, his ‘Theory of Descriptions’ and his thoughts on perception and knowledge are all described.

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