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Judgement, Belief, and Knowledge: The Emergence of a Method

Peter Hylton

in Russell, Idealism, and the Emergence of Analytic Philosophy

Published in print November 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240181
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597763 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824018X.003.0011

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 Judgement, Belief, and Knowledge: The Emergence of a Method

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Deals with the evolution of Russell's metaphysical and epistemological views, from roughly 1906 to 1913. In metaphysics, he gives up on the primacy of propositions and the undefinability of truth; facts become fundamental, and truth defined. Epistemology becomes a far more central concern of Russell's than before and is dominated by the idea of acquaintance, a presuppositionless relation between the mind and entities outside the mind. In both fields, Russell develops a constructivist method, greatly influenced by logic, which was to have a far‐reaching influence on later analytic philosophy.

Keywords: Epistemology; fact; judgement; logical construction; matter; metaphysics; truth

Chapter.  32354 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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