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Palgrave Macmillan

Russell's Philosophy of Logical Analysis, 1897-1905

ISBN 9781137302069
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series History of Analytic Philosophy

How does Russell's realist conception of the proposition and its constituents inform the techniques for analysis which he adopted in mathematics? Jolen Galaugher's book sheds light on this perplexing issue. In this book, Galaugher provides a detailed treatment of Russell's early conception of analysis in the light of the philosophical doctrines to which it answered, and the demands imposed by existing mathematics on his early logicist program. She ties together the philosophical commitments which occasioned Russell's break with idealism and the problems which guided his selection of technical apparatus in his embrace of logicism. The result is a detailed synthesis of the primary materials from the emergence of Russell's realism in 1898 to his landmark theory of descriptions in 1905. Galaugher's broad thesis is that although Russell adopted increasingly refined techniques by which to carry out his logical analyses and avoid the Contradiction, the most crucial aspects of his philosophical conception of logical analysis were retained.

Jolen Galaugher received her PhD from McMaster University, Canada, home to the Russell Archives. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Iowa, USA. In Winter 2014 she will hold the Visiting Russell Professorship at McMaster University, where she will continue research in the History of Analytic philosophy.

Series Editor's Foreword
List of Abbreviations
1. Analysis and the Decomposition of Idealism
2. Relations in Analysis
3. Logicism and the Analysis of Mathematical Propositions
4. Logic and Analysis in Russell's Definition of Number
5. Toward A New Theory of Denoting



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