Continuity and Change in the Development of Russell’s by Paul J. Hager (auth.)

By Paul J. Hager (auth.)

The normal view of Russell's paintings among philosophers has been that repeat­ edly, in the course of his lengthy and exclusive occupation, the most important adjustments of brain on enjoyable­ damental issues have been major adequate to reason him to successively undertake a range of notably new philosophical positions. hence Russell is noticeable to have embraced after which deserted, among others, neo-Hegelianism, Platonic re­ alism, phenomenalism and logical atomism, sooner than settling eventually on a kind of impartial monism that philosophers have regularly chanced on to be terrific. This view of Russell is captured in C. D. Broad's well-known comment that "Mr. Russell seasoned­ duces a special method of philosophy each few years . . . " (Muirhead, 1924: 79). Reflecting this photograph of Russell regularly altering his place, books and papers on Russell's philosophy have in general belonged to at least one of 2 forms. both they've got targeting specific sessions of his proposal which are taken to be particularly major, or, accepting the view of his successive conversion to dis­ tinctly varied philosophical positions, they've got supplied a few account of every of those supposedly disconnected classes of his proposal. whereas a lot stable paintings has been performed on Russell's philosophy, this framework has had its boundaries, the most one being that it conceals the elemental continuity in the back of his thought.

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3) has shown, Russell's pre-1905 ontology may not have been as lush as has been generally assumed. According to Cocchiarella, from the start of Russell's post-idealist philosophy not all denoting concepts denote, instead many of them merely purport to denote. Hence, on Cocchiarella's interpretation, Russell's pre-1905 ontology does not include a plethora of non-existent tenns. , is a denoting concept that fails to denote. Evidence that the Cocchiarella interpretation is correct is provided by Griffin (1993b).

E. to regard the first part of analysis (logical analysis on the diagram) as all there is to Russellian analysis. By contrast the broad interpretation regards both parts as essential to Russellian analysis (philosophical analysis on the diagram). What the diagram does is emphasise the real differences between the two interpretations at a metaphysical level. Consider again the analy- Russellian Analysis 29 sis of the desk. For those who support the narrow interpretation of analysis, Russell started with common sense notions of a desk and by analysis reduced it to sense-data.

This trend amongst relations is not matched by properties and particulars, which prove more susceptible to replacement by something else as analysis is carried further. Thus, because our premisses might prove to be further analysable into even more basic premisses, inferences from such premisses to basic particulars, properties and relations are always somewhat provisional. Nevertheless the important point remains that, at any stage, our best estimate of what ontological entities are basic comes from basic premisses of analysis, rather than from any direct analysis of objects.

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