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The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

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Taken from a series of influential lectures delivered by Russell during the second decade of the twentieth century, this is a brilliant introduction to logical atomism and its application to ontology and epistemology.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Open Court (first published 1985)
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Adrienne
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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I learned that metaphysical inquiry has stalled due to questions about epistemological methods; learned that quibbling over the ways to reason can sometimes keep us from moving the discussion forward; was struck by the argument that statements of belief are statements of fact (from the perspective of the believer, of course) and that in a purely deductive way such statements are like empirical knowledge gained. Beliefs are subjective and absolute simultaneously (an absurdity that almost discount ...more
James Klagge
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a great introduction to analytic philosophy. It includes 8 lectures that Russell gave in 1918 presenting his views at the time (which were always in flux). I first read these lectures when I was a sophomore in college, in 1973, and they convinced me to become a philosophy major. And look where that led... I went on to UCLA to get my PhD, and took a seminar in 1981 from David Pears on "The Middle Russell and the Early Wittgenstein." Portions of that became the Introduction to this book.
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Megan Fritts
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Russell takes pains (generally) to not muddle his message, while keeping the text from dryness with his down-to-earth writing style and dry humor. Does not seem to be an overly-rigid treatment of the subject, though this is likely due to the fact that it is a lecture series, and wasn't originally created as a book.
lucas
Jan 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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provides a nice historical/philosophical context for wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico Philosophicus.
Alexander
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Read this before reading Wittgenstein's Tractatus.
Jim McQuiggin
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A brilliant premise that was ultimately wrong.
Marko Bobić
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
prema kojem je to kriterijumu "za svaku tvrdnju potreban dokaz"? tvrdnja "svaka tvrdnja neophodno zahteva dokaz" takođe zahteva dokaz. ako ga ne ponudiš, imaš tvrdnju bez dokaza, i time protusloviš (iliti pučki pljuješ si u usta) samome sebi.

šaljivo ću reći, smatram da se lingistička filozofija mora znati pre nego što se bilo koja reč izusti.
najveći problem lingvističke filozofije stoji u tome da se zagonetkom pokušava razrešiti zagonetka. odatle nije ni čudo što mnogi ističu konfuznost materije
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Ege Özmeral
1) Önermeler sadece doğru veya yanlış olabilirken önerme fonksiyonları "zorunlu, olanaklı, olanaksız" olarak değerlendirilebilir. Mesela "x, x'dir" zorunlu bir önerme fonksiyonu iken "x, bir insandır" ise olanaklı bir önerme fonksiyonudur fakat eğer "x bir tek boynuzlu attır" olanaksız bir önerme fonksiyonudur(Niye?). "Bazı, bütün, her,..." gibi sözcükler bir önerme fonksiyonunun varlığına işaret eder.
Tekrar okumadan not: "Niye?" diye sormuşum. Bence bunun sebebi 'x bir tek boynuzlu attır' önerm
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The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
[Leibniz] was always engaged in trying to construct such as mathematical logic as we have now... and he was always failing because of his respect for Aristotle... Whenever he invented a really good system, it always brought out that [Aristotle's logic] is fallacious... He could not bring himself to believe that it is fallacious, so he beg
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Kerem Cankocak
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Russell kitabını şu sözlerle tanıtır: “Aşağıdaki [metin] 1918 yılının ilk aylarında Londra’da verdiğim, büyük çoğunluğunu arkadaşım ve eski öğrencim Ludwig Wittgenstein’dan öğrendiğim, belli fikirlerin açıklanmasıyla ilgili olan sekiz derslik bir kursun metnidir. 1914 Ağustosundan beri onun görüşlerini bilme fırsatına sahip değilim ve şu an yaşıyor olup olmadığını bile bilmiyorum. Bu yüzden, derslerde içerilen kuramların çoğuna önceden orijinal bir katkıda bulunmasının ötesinde, kendisinin bu de ...more
Arya Ptb
1) Russell advocates a very interesting maxim for "doing metaphysics", that you should put forward your doctrines merely in a formal way, something "vulnerable" which could be challenged by possibly more powerful or more consistent ones; and any interesting intuitive metaphysical idea should only be a byproduct of it. I don't think he sticks to this principle of his in this book. He made a lot of big metaphysical assertions about what "exists in the world" that I personally wasn't comfortable wi ...more
Arya Ptb
Ultimately interesting topic... But from the very beginning I disagree with many points the author makes.
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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

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“My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.” 478 likes
“My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at, because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.” 2 likes
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