Theory of Knowledge: The 1913 Manuscript

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 197 pages
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This work was abandoned by Russell under the impact of Wittgenstein's ideas. First published in 1984, it is presented here in a student edition. In this book Russell attempts to flesh out the sketch implicit in The Problems of Philosophy. Conceived by Russell as his next project after Principia Mathematica it was meant to provide the epistemological foundations for his work. Russell's subsequent difficulties in presenting his theory of knowledge, brought on by what he considered to be the devastating criticisms of Wittgenstein, led both to his abandonment of this work and to a major transformation in his thought. This book provides students with a picture of Russell - one of the great minds of the 20th century - and his relationship with Wittgenstein.

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic. He was best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. Together with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the main founders of modern analytic philosophy. Together with Kurt Gödel, he is regularly credited with being one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century. Over the course of a long career, Russell also made contributions to a broad range of subjects, including the history of ideas, ethics, political and educational theory, and religious studies. General readers have benefited from his many popular writings on a wide variety of topics. After a life marked by controversy--including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York--Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Noted also for his many spirited anti-nuclear protests and for his campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam War, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

S. Morris Eames was a longtime professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and an internationally known scholar of American philosophy. Eames authored over one hundred articles, reviews, and poems, and his book "Pragmatic Naturalism: An Introduction "has been translated into four languages. With Elizabeth R. Eames, he is also the author of "Lectures in the Far East," the results of an extended speaking tour in 1972.""
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Elizabeth R. Eames, wife of S. Morris Eames, was a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 1963 until her retirement in 1990 when she obtained the title of emeritus professor. She is the author of "Bertrand Russell's Theory of Knowledge "and "Bertrand Russell's Dialogue with His Contemporaries."
Richard W. Field is an assistant professor in the history, humanities, and philosophy department at Northwest Missouri State University. He received his Ph.D. under the direction of S. Morris Eames in 1987 and has been associated for several years with the work of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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