The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

A Centenary Reappraisal

  • Landon D. C. Elkind
  • Gregory Landini

Part of the History of Analytic Philosophy book series (History of Analytic Philosophy)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. History of Russell’s Logical Atomism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Landon D. C. Elkind
      Pages 3-37
    3. Gregory Landini
      Pages 39-67
    4. Gülberk Koç Maclean
      Pages 69-90
  3. Influences on Russell’s Logical Atomism

  4. Metaphysics: Fundamentality and Negative Facts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Bernard Linsky
      Pages 181-197
    3. Katarina Perovic´
      Pages 199-218
  5. Language: The Theory of Judgment and Descriptivism

  6. Epistemology: Acquaintance and Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. David Fisher, David Charles McCarty
      Pages 263-289
    3. Richard Fumerton
      Pages 291-304
    4. James Levine
      Pages 305-334
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-343

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive critical survey of issues of historical interpretation and evaluation in Bertram Russell's 1918 logical atomism lectures and logical atomism itself. These lectures record the culmination of Russell's thought in response to discussions with Wittgenstein on the nature of judgment and philosophy of logic and with Moore and other philosophical realists about epistemology and ontological atomism, and to Whitehead and Russell’s novel extension of revolutionary nineteenth-century work in mathematics and logic.  Russell's logical atomism lectures have had a lasting impact on analytic philosophy and on Russell's contemporaries including Carnap, Ramsey, Stebbing, and Wittgenstein. Comprised of 19 original essays, this book will demonstrate how the direct and indirect influence of these lectures thus runs deep and wide.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Landon D. C. Elkind
    • 1
  • Gregory Landini
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa City, IAUSA
  2. 2.University of IowaIowa City, IAUSA

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