Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell
By (author) Gregory Landini
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Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell by Gregory Landini
Book DescriptionWittgenstein's Tractatus has generated many interpretations since its publication in 1921, but over the years a consensus has developed concerning its criticisms of Russell's philosophy. In Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell, Gregory Landini draws extensively from his work on Russell's unpublished manuscripts to show that the consensus characterises Russell with positions he did not hold. Using a careful analysis of Wittgenstein's writings he traces the 'Doctrine of Showing' and the 'fundamental idea' of the Tractatus to Russell's logical atomist research program, which dissolves philosophical problems by employing variables with structure. He argues that Russell and his apprentice Wittgenstein were allies in a research program that makes logical analysis and reconstruction the essence of philosophy. His sharp and controversial study will be essential reading for all who are interested in this rich period in the history of analytic philosophy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521870238
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gregory Landini
Wittgenstein's Apprenticeship with Russell, Paperback (November 2009)
A controversial and revisionist account of the intellectual relationship between Russell and Wittgenstein.
Russell's Hidden Substitutional Theory, Hardback (June 1998)» View all books by Gregory Landini
Explores a central thread unifying Russell's thoughts on logic in two works considered at odds with each other: "Principles of Mathematics" and "Principia Mathematica". The thread states that logic is an absolutely general science and any calculus for it must embrace unrestricted variables.
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Author Biography - Gregory Landini
Gregory Landini is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa.
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