By Paul J. Hager (auth.)
The basic view of Russell's paintings among philosophers has been that repeat edly, in the course of his lengthy and exceptional profession, the most important alterations of brain on enjoyable damental issues have been major sufficient to reason him to successively undertake a range of extensively new philosophical positions. hence Russell is obvious to have embraced after which deserted, among others, neo-Hegelianism, Platonic re alism, phenomenalism and logical atomism, prior to settling ultimately on a kind of impartial monism that philosophers have quite often came across to be outstanding. This view of Russell is captured in C. D. Broad's recognized comment that "Mr. Russell professional duces a special approach of philosophy each few years . . . " (Muirhead, 1924: 79). Reflecting this photo of Russell constantly altering his place, books and papers on Russell's philosophy have commonly belonged to at least one of 2 forms. both they've got focused on specific sessions of his suggestion which are taken to be particularly major, or, accepting the view of his successive conversion to dis tinctly assorted philosophical positions, they've got supplied a few account of every of those supposedly disconnected sessions of his suggestion. whereas a lot reliable paintings has been performed on Russell's philosophy, this framework has had its boundaries, the most one being that it conceals the elemental continuity in the back of his thought.
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C) The Identification and Removal of Paradoxes/Contradictions. As already discussed, Russell's neo-Hegelian work featured various paradoxes/contradictions, which in standard fashion he attempted to resolve into a higher synthesis. Paradoxes/contradictions continued to play an important role in his post-idealist philosophising, the most famous, of course, being Russell's Paradox. His main concern was to show that the typical paradoxes/contradictions that Hegelians claimed to find in mathematics and science were really products of their own particular philosophical assumptions.
Quotes Nand Q in Chapter Three) then clearly the question of ultimacy is not nearly so urgent. This was precisely Russell's view on the matter. 7 So then, the ambiguity that has been pointed out in the meaning of' analysis' , promotes confusion about whether analysis leads to simples or not. In the narrow interpretation it clearly does; in the broad one it does and it doesn't since it leads to complexes via simples. Sense-data are simpler than chairs in straightforward epistemological and metaphysical senses, whilst a logical construction of sense-data is more complex, logically speaking, than a chair.
Over about a ten year period Russell's papers, both published and unpublished, constituted a kind of 'laboratory of experimental ideas' as he tried to perfect his theory of terms. According to Grattan-Guinness (1977: 156) this is " ... " Against this background of continually refining the theory of terms so as to free it from inconsistencies, two key theses about Russell's philosophy from 1899--1913 warrant it being called the 'Platonist phase' . 1. e. the meanings of denoting phrases), propositions and classes were eliminated.
Continuity and Change in the Development of Russell’s Philosophy by Paul J. Hager (auth.)