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By Aloysius P. Martinich, David Sosa

A better half to Analytic Philosophy is a accomplished consultant to over forty of the numerous analytic philosophers from the final hundred years.
The entries during this significant other are contributed via modern philosophers, together with probably the most distinctive now dwelling, corresponding to Michael Dummett, Frank Jackson, P. M. S. Hacker, Israel Scheffler, John Searle, Ernest Sosa, and Robert Stalnaker. They speak about the arguments of influential figures within the background of analytic philosophy, between them Frege, Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, and Quine. The articles on each one thinker supply transparent and huge research of profound and extensively encountered recommendations corresponding to that means, fact, wisdom, goodness, and the brain.
This quantity is a crucial source for somebody attracted to analytic philosophy.

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Much more traumatic for the young child, however, was the death of both his parents soon afterwards, so that in 1876 he was left at the age of 4 in the care of his grandparents, indeed of just his grandmother after his grandfather’s death in 1878. Russell described his lonely childhood in his Autobiography. His rebellious elder brother Frank was sent away to school, but Bertrand (“a solemn little boy in a blue velvet suit,” 1967: 30) was educated at home, brought up in a constricting atmosphere whose narrow limits were fixed by his grandmother’s strict Presbyterian beliefs.

What is then a little odd is that he generally takes it that logical inference is just a matter of material implication (1910: 8–9), so that although logical inferences must be in fact truth-preserving it is not required that they preserve truth in all possible situations. His views in this area are not easily fitted together. Later, presumably under the influence of his former student Wittgenstein, he describes logical truths as “tautologies,” which suggests a move to a conception of them as analytic; but in the “Lectures on the Philosophy of Logical Atomism” (published 1918) he is still very tentative: 36 BERTRAND RUSSELL Everything that is a proposition of logic has got to be in some sense or other like a tautology.

The reference here to “facts” is due to his abandonment by 1914 of his earlier Moorean conception of propositions. He has now adopted a form of the correspondence theory of truth according to which the truth of a proposition, now conceived of as normally a linguistic structure (though Russell also allows for imagistic mental propositions), is grounded in the perfect correspondence of logically simple propositions with atomic facts. I shall explain his reasons for this change of mind concerning propositions below, but since facts are said to be composed of the things that are the meanings of the words occurring in the proposition, it turns out that atomic facts differ little from old-style true elementary propositions, the propositions whose 37 THOMAS BALDWIN truth formed the basis for the truth of propositions whose expression involves incomplete symbols (see “Lectures on the Philosophy of Logical Atomism,” Papers, 8: 175).

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