Philosophical Studies

, Volume 139, Issue 2, pp 209–212 | Cite as

Soames on Russell’s logic: a reply

  • Michael Kremer


In “What is History For?,” Scott Soames responds to criticisms of his treatment of Russell’s logic in volume 1 of his Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century. This note rebuts two of Soames’s replies, showing that a first-order presentation of Russell’s logic does not fit the argument of the Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, and that Soames’s contextual definition of classes does not match Russell’s contextual definition of classes. In consequence, Soames’s presentation of Russell’s logic misrepresents what Russell took to be its technical achievement and its philosophical significance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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