: The Philosophy of Logical Atomism (Library of Living Philosophers ) (): Bertrand Russell, David Pears: Books. Bertrand Russell – – The Monist 29 (2) Logical Atomism in Russell and Wittgenstein. Bertrand Russell’s Philosophy of Logical Atomism. THE PHILOSOPHY OF LOGICAL ATOMISM. III. ATOMIC AND Mr. Russell: I was not going into the question of existence after Bertrand Russell. London.

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In respect to the nomenclature that Russell used for his theory, these complexes are also known as molecular facts in that they possess many atoms. Analytic philosophy Linguistic turn Ideal language philosophy Logical atomism Logical positivism Ordinary language philosophy Fideism Quietism Therapeutic approach. According to Russell, words like “this” and “that” are used to denote particulars. An elementary proposition is false if there is no corresponding complex. According to Russell, it is unnecessary to suppose that there exists any loigcal sort of fact corresponding to molecular propositions; the truth-value of a molecular proposition could be entirely derivative on the truth-values of its constituents PLA Bertrand Russell – – The Monist 29 2: You do not want to go back to the vagueness of the child or monkey, because you will find that quite sufficient difficulty is raised by your own vagueness.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Epistemological questions such as how practical knowledge is possible did not interest Wittgenstein. It is also widely held that the early work the Tractatus and pre- Tractatus writings of his Austrian-born pupil and colleague, Ludwig Wittgenstein philosopjy, defend a version of logical atomism.

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Another important issue often discussed in connection with logical atomism worth discussing in greater detail is the supposition that atomic propositions are logically independent of each other, or that the truth or falsity of any one atomic proposition does not logically imply or necessitate the truth or falsity of any other atomic proposition.

The next section discusses the origins of logical atomism in the break made by Russell and G. It results from that that a considerable part of what one would have to do to justify the sort of philosophy I wish to advocate would consist in justifying the process of analysis.


Rudolf Carnap was also deeply sympathetic to some of the philosophical aims of ruesell atomism. It is obvious that there is not a dualism of true and false facts ; there are only just facts. I should like a statement which would be rough and vague and have that sort of obviousness that belongs to things of which you never know what they mean, but I should never get back to that statement.

InRussell himself dated his first acceptance of logical atomism to the years —, when he and G. Russell then might be seen as committed bertrandd the view that atomic facts all of which involve particulars standing in relations, in the broad sense above are always contingent.

The other sentences of such a language would be derived either by bedtrand atomic propositions using truth-functional connectives, yielding molecular propositionsor by replacing constituents of a simpler proposition by variables, and prefixing a universal or existential quantifier, resulting in general and existential propositions. The facts of the world then consist atomksm true propositions, themselves understood as complexes of concepts. In the period leading up to his own abandonment of idealism, Russell was already pursuing a research program involving the foundations of arithmetic see, e.

The simplest sort of complex, an atomic factwas thought to consist either of a single individual exhibiting a simple quality, or of multiple individuals standing in a simple relation. Logical Atomismtheory, developed primarily by the British logician Bertrand Russell and the Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, proposing that languagelike other phenomena, can be analyzed in terms of aggregates of fixed, irreducible units or elements.

Pjilosophy is quite clear that a highly educated person sees, hears, feels, does everything in a very different way from a young child or animal, and that this whole manner of experiencing the world and of thinking about the world is very much more analytic than that of a more primitive experience. Open access to the SEP is made possible by a world-wide funding initiative.


The lack of any logical relations between atomic propositions goes hand in hand with a similar view about atomic facts ; each atomic fact is metaphysically independent of every other, and any one could obtain or fail to obtain regardless of the obtaining or not of any other.

Part I of POM is dedicated largely to a philosophical inquiry into the nature of propositions. That is why the theory of symbolism has a certain importance, because otherwise you are so certain to mistake the properties of the symbolism for the properties of the thing. You can, for instance, say: As atomusm have seen, at the time of writing Principia MathematicaRussell believed that an elementary proposition consisting of a single predicate representing an n -place relation along with n names of individuals is true if it corresponds to a complex.

As analysis proceeds, one reaches more primitive notions, and it might be thought that the process must terminate at a stage in which the remaining vocabulary is indefinable because the entities involved are absolutely simple, and hence, cannot be construed as logical constructions built out of anything more primitive.

In a later work, Russell summarized his position as follows: At a certain point in time, a physical object might be regarded as a class of sensible particulars bearing certain resemblance relations to one another occupying a continuous region of space. Russell’s Hidden Substitutional TheoryOxford: According to logical atomism, all truths are ultimately dependent upon a layer of atomic facts, which consist either of a simple particular exhibiting a berrtand, or multiple simple particulars standing in a relation.

Prior to analysis, such propositions appear to be logically incompatible atomic propositions.

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Science Logic bertgand Mathematics. Patterson – – Russell: In Defense of the Unification Argument for Predicativism.

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