Russellian Speculations

Daniel Stoljar

in Ignorance and Imagination

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306583
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786619 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

  Russellian Speculations

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This chapter explores Russell’s idea that reflection on the nature of scientific inquiry prompts a version of the ignorance hypothesis, an idea much discussed in contemporary philosophy. As interpreted here, Russell’s idea is that empirical inquiry acquaints only with relational or dispositional features of physical objects, rather than their categorical or intrinsic features. A version of the epistemic view based on this idea is explicated.

Keywords: categorical properties; dispositional properties; intrinsic properties; primary qualities; secondary qualities

Chapter.  8034 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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