Bertrand Russell's Construction of the External World

Bertrand Russell's Construction of the External World

Bertrand Russell's Construction of the External World

Bertrand Russell's Construction of the External World

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The work of Bertrand Russell in contemporary philosophy has covered a wide variety of topics, and has attempted to answer many of the problems traditionally associated with philosophy. He has made important contributions to several fields, both in specific results and in new and suggestive hypotheses. The influence of his philosophy is apparent upon any examination of contemporary philosophy, especially in logic, epistemology, logical analysis, and the philosophy of science. However, the very fact that his philosophical interests have covered a wide range makes it difficult to obtain a brief systematic account which will do justice to them.

Several recurrent strains of considerable importance can, however, be found in his writings. I believe it is possible to give a brief account of these aspects that will still present the relevant issues involved and even permit some evaluation of Russell's conclusions. In his later work we find that Russell is concerned with a problem that has been of great importance to philosophers, traditional and contemporary, the problem of the basis of our knowledge of the external world, both as it is known to common sense and to science. Russell's own solution of this problem underwent development as he reconsidered his philosophy; for he is an example of a philosopher who does not maintain that his answer is the final truth. In the study of this problem he found he could utilize certain methodological principles, especially the employment of 'logical constructions', which he had developed in his earlier, more specialized, investigations. In these earlier writings, Russell made important contributions to the foundations of mathematics and symbolic . . .

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