Well-Ordering in the Russell–Newman Controversy

Gregory Landini


There is a curious letter of 24 April 1928, reproduced in Russell’s Autobiography. It is from Russell to Max Newman. It is my thesis that there is a crucial “not” missing from the text and interpretations of the letter. This small point, if it is correct, has a very large impact for clarifying how Russell saw Newman’s challenge to his structural realism according to which all of our empirical knowledge in physics concerns structure alone.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15173/russell.v37i2.3416

Gregory Landini
University of Iowa
United States