Russells Hidden Substitutional Theory

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

byGregory Landini

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This book explores an important central thread that unifies Russell's thoughts on logic in two works previously considered at odds with each other, the Principles of Mathematics and the later Principia Mathematica. This thread is Russell's doctrine that logic is an absolutely general scienceand that any calculus for it must embrace wholly unrestricted variables. The heart of Landini's book is a careful analysis of Russell's largely unpublished "substitutional" theory. On Landini's showing, the substitutional theory reveals the unity of Russell's philosophy of logic and offers newavenues for a genuine solution of the paradoxes plaguing Logicism.

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This book explores an important central thread that unifies Russell's thoughts on logic in two works previously considered at odds with each other, the Principles of Mathematics and the later Principia Mathematica. This thread is Russell's doctrine that logic is an absolutely general scienceand that any calculus for it must embrace who...

Gregory Landini is at University of Iowa.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"...Landini's book...supplies a valuable and convincing picture of how Russell hoped the theory of incomplete symbols might show the way to a philosophically defensible solution to the paradoxes...Landini's work is a significant contribution to Russell scholarship. It reveals with clarity thefecundity and coherence of Russell's early work in logic."--The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

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"...Landini's book...supplies a valuable and convincing picture of how Russell hoped the theory of incomplete symbols might show the way to a philosophically defensible solution to the paradoxes...Landini's work is a significant contribution to Russell scholarship. It reveals with clarity thefecundity and coherence of Russell's early work in logic."--The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science