Mysticism and logic and other essays by bertrand russell

He has been something of a cult figure but shunned publicity and even built an isolated hut in Norway to live in complete seclusion. His sexuality was ambiguous but he was probably gay; how actively so is still a matter of controversy.

Mysticism and logic and other essays by bertrand russell

Idealism is broadly understood as the contention that ultimate reality is immaterial or dependent on mind, so that matter is in some sense derivative, emergent, and at best conditionally real. Idealism flourished in Britain in the last third of the nineteenth century and first two decades of the twentieth.

British idealists such as Bernard Bosanquet, T. Green, Harold Joachim, J. He argues, for example, that the sciences are incomplete and contain contradictions, that one passes over into the other, as number into geometry and geometry into physics.

The goal of a system of the sciences, he thinks, is to reveal the basic postulates of each science, their relations to each other, and to eliminate all inconsistencies but those that are integral to the science as such.

Bradley and Internal Relations Bradley, most famous for his book Appearance and Reality, defines what is ultimately real as what is wholly unconditioned or independent.

Bradley also thinks that the relations a thing stands in, such as being to the left of something else, are internal to it, that is, grounded in its intrinsic properties, and therefore inseparable from those properties. It follows from these two views that the subjects of relations, considered in themselves, are incomplete and dependent, and therefore ultimately unreal.

For instance, if my bookcase is to the left of my desk, and if the relation being to the left of is internal to my bookcase, then being to the left of my desk contributes to the identity or being of my bookcase just as being six feet tall and being brown do.

Since the truly real is independent, it follows that my bookcase is not truly real. This sort of argument can be given for every object that we could conceivably encounter in experience: What prevents us from apprehending this, he believes, is our tendency to confuse the limited reality of things in our experience and the truths based on that limited perspective - with the unconditioned reality of the whole, the Absolute or One.

Hence, Bradley is unsympathetic to the activity of analysis, for by breaking wholes into parts it disguises rather than reveals the nature of reality. Russell accepts the doctrine that relations are internal but, unlike Bradley, he does not deny that there is a plurality of things or subjects.

Kant argued that the mind imposes categories like being in space and time that shape what we experience. Since Kant defines a priori propositions as those we know to be true independently of logically prior to experience, and a posteriori propositions as those whose truth we know only through experience, it follows that propositions about these categories are a priori, since the conditions of any possible experience must be independent of experience.

Thus for Kant, geometry contains a priori propositions about categories of space that condition our experience of things as spatial. Russell largely agrees with Kant in his Foundations of Geometry, which is based on his dissertation.

The transition is not sudden but gradual, growing out of discomfort with what he comes to see as an undue psychologism in his work, and out of growing awareness of the importance of asymmetrical ordering relations in mathematics. The first issue concerns knowledge and opposes neo-Kantianism; the second issue concerns the nature of relations and the validity of analysis and opposes Neo-Hegelianism and Monism.

The latter lends itself to a view of the radical plurality of what exists. His Rejection of Psychologism When Russell begins to question idealism, he does so in part because of the idealist perspective on the status of truths of mathematics.

In general, Russell begins to sharply distinguish questions of logic, conceived as closely related to metaphysics, from questions of knowledge and psychology.

This view results from confounding psychical states with their objects; for, when it is admitted that the proposition known is not the identical with the knowledge of it, it becomes plain that the question as to the nature of propositions is distinct from all questions of knowledge….

The theory of knowledge is in fact distinct from psychology, but is more complex: His Rejection of Internal Relations In his early defense of pluralism, external relations relations which cannot be reduced to properties play an important role.

The monist asserts that all relations within a complex or whole are less real than that whole, so that analysis of a whole into its parts is a misrepresentation or falsification of reality, which is one.

It is consonant with this view, Russell argues, to try to reduce propositions that express relations to propositions asserting a property of something, that is, some subject-term Principles, p. The monist therefore denies or ignores the existence of relations. But some relations must be irreducible to properties of terms, in particular the transitive and asymmetrical relations that order series, as the quality of imposing order among terms is lost if the relation is reduced to a property of a term.

In rejecting monism, Russell argues that at least some relations are irreducible to properties of terms, hence they are external to those terms Principles, p.

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Platonist Realism When Russell rebelled against idealism with his friend G. Moore he adopted metaphysical doctrines that were realist and dualist as well as Platonist and pluralist. As noted above, his realism and dualism entails that there is an external reality distinct from the inner mental reality of ideas and perceptions, repudiating the idealist belief that ultimate reality consists of ideas and the materialist view that everything is matter, and his pluralism consists in assuming there are many entities bound by external relations.

Equally important, however, is his Platonism. Entities, or what has being and may or may not exist are called terms, and terms include anything that can be thought. A man, a moment, a number, a class, a relation, a chimera, or anything else that can be mentioned, is sure to be a term….LibriVox recording of Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell.

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