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p. 1205. Russell's influencelocked

  • A. C. Grayling

Abstract

‘Russell's influence’ describes the impact of Bertrand Russell on mainstream philosophy in the English language as it has been practised since the years between the two world wars, logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the changed moral climate of the twentieth-century Western world, and attempts to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The influence of Russell's Theory of Descriptions on his former pupil Ludwig Wittgenstein is explained, along with his impact on the Logical Positivists and philosophers W. V. Quine, Rudolf Carnap, and Gilbert Ryle. Jules Vuillemin said that contemporary philosophy began with The Principles of Mathematics and Russell's whole body of work is considered as the foundation for analytic philosophy.

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