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By C. Wade Savage, C. Anthony Anderson

Rereading Russell used to be first released in 1989. although Betrand Russell is better identified for his formative position within the production of symbolic common sense (the Principia Mathematica) and analytic philosophy, he was once additionally one of the founders of twentieth-century philosophy of technological know-how; he used his approach to logical research to plan a metaphysics and epistemology that may accommodate innovative adjustments in physics and psychology. but those areas—especially in his later work—have been missed and undervalued. The essays in Rereading Russell aid to therapy that overlook, through calling cognizance to the entire sweep of his metaphysics and epistemology, from the flip of the century on, and by way of reevaluating his doctrines within the gentle of his whole philosophical corpus. The 16 individuals deal with Russell now not purely as a ancient determine but additionally as a resource of recent rules. Ranging over his paintings from the 1901 rules of arithmetic to the 1959 summation, My Philosophical improvement, they emphasize the harmony and integrity of his metaphysical and epistemological writings. Their essays dedicate exact awareness to the later philosophy -- the doctrines constructed in (and after) his 1927 booklet, The research of topic. the topics coated fall into 5 teams: philosophy of arithmetic and ontology; philosophy of language; epistemology; nondemonstrative inference; and the philosophy of technological know-how and metaphysics.

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To learn to speak is to learn to act, and our acts of speech are, for the most part, done knowingly and for a purpose. We can say what we mean and, other things being equal, what we mean and what the words we utter mean in the context of utterance coincide. So the logico-grammatical observations that are to be mustered in order to resolve philosophical problems must be news from nowhere. ’ It is no news that events occur, happen and take place, but do not exist; that they have no coloured surfaces but may emit a smell or make a noise; that there are colourful events, but no coloured ones; that they have phases, but no spatial parts; and so on.

Hacker, ‘Grammar and Necessity’, in Wittgenstein: Rules, Grammar and Necessity (WileyBlackwell, Oxford, extensively revised edition, 2009), 241–370. Philosophy: a Contribution to Human Understanding 17 But concepts are no more than abstractions from the uses of symbols, and concept-possession is no more than mastery of the use of concept-expressing symbols. So a conceptual investigation is inevitably and unsurprisingly also an investigation into the uses of words, phrases, and sentences. Linguistic investigations pertinent to philosophical enterprises are, however, very different from those of linguists.

It is no news that events occur, happen and take place, but do not exist; that they have no coloured surfaces but may emit a smell or make a noise; that there are colourful events, but no coloured ones; that they have phases, but no spatial parts; and so on. If a salient method of philosophical clarification consists in no more than reminding people of the way in which they use words, then it may seem mysterious that the problems of philosophy are not solved with the greatest of ease. If every intelligent speaker of the language is perfectly familiar with the sense-determining rules for the use of the words he uses, and if these rules are a key to resolving philosophical problems, then it may seem that any intelligent speaker ought to be able to resolve such problems ad libitum.

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