The Nature of Facts

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 98)


In ‘The Philosophy of Logical Atomism’ (1918), Russell frees himself from the Platonism to which he had subscribed earlier. He no longer regards propositions as entities which exist independently of thoughts and sentences. He now identifies them with the symbols that express them:
  • “A proposition is just a symbol”.1

  • “A proposition… is a sentence in the indicative…”.2

  • “If you were making an inventory of the world, propositions would not come in”.3

  • “… obviously propositions are nothing”.4


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyState University of LiègeBelgium

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