Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal <p><em>Russell</em>&nbsp;is devoted to the study of all aspects of Bertrand Russell's thought as well as his life, times and influence. In addition to original research and reviews of new books,&nbsp;<em>Russell</em>&nbsp;publishes new texts and textual studies, discussions, bibliographies, indexes, and archival lists. Scholarly articles submitted to the journal are peer-reviewed twice anonymously.&nbsp;<em>Russell</em>&nbsp;is not the organ of any association or institution.</p> <p><em>Russell</em>&nbsp;is published by McMaster University's Bertrand Russell Research Centre with the assistance of grants from the Aid to Scholarly Journals programme of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and from McMaster's Faculty of Humanities.</p> <p>_________________________________________________________</p> <ul> <li class="show"><strong>Note:</strong> <em>Russell</em>&nbsp;(ISSN 1913-8032) was founded by McMaster Library in 1971 as a quarterly newsletter, and until 1980 it was numbered by cumulative issue number. A new series was begun as Vol. 1, no. 1, in Summer 1981.&nbsp;</li> <li class="show"><strong>Open Access:</strong>&nbsp;Access to the Winter 2016-17 issue (vol. 36, no. 2) is now open. Access to the most recent 4 issues is by subscription.</li> </ul> en-US russjour@mcmaster.ca (Kenneth Blackwell (Editor)) russjour@mcmaster.ca (Arlene Duncan (Subscriptions)) Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:44:15 -0400 OJS 3.1.1.0 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Two Arguments for Emotivism and a Methodological Moral https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4067 <p>In 1913 Russell gave up on the Moorean good. But since naturalism was not an option, that left two alternatives: the error theory and non-cognitivism. Despite a brief flirtation with the error theory Russell preferred the non-cognitivist option, developing a form of emotivism according to which to say that something is good is to express the desire that everyone should desire it. But why emotivism rather than the error theory? Because emotivism sorts better with Russell’s Fundamental Principle that the “sentences we can understand must be composed of words with whose meaning we are acquainted.” I construct an argument for emotivism featuring the Fundamental Principle that closely parallels Ayer’s verificationist argument in <em>Language, Truth, and Logic</em>. I contend that Russell’s argument, like Ayer’s, is vulnerable to a Moorean critique. This suggests an important moral: <em>revisionist theories of meaning such as verificationism and the Fundamental Principle are </em>prima facie<em> false</em>. Any <em>modus ponens</em> from such a principle to a surprising semantic conclusion (such as emotivism) is trumped by a Moorean <em>modus tollens </em>from the negation of the surprising semantics to the negation of the revisionist principle</p> Charles Pigden ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4067 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Is Motion “Contradiction’s Immediate Existence”? https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4068 <p>A driving concern of Russell’s rejection of Idealism was his conviction that reality is free of contradictions. However, echoing the neo-Hegelians that Russell is usually taken successfully to have refuted, Graham Priest has argued that the analysis of motion provides a motivation to adopt dialetheism (the thesis that some contradictions may be true). Furthermore, Priest argues that the Russellian account of motion as given in <em>The Principles of Mathematics</em> fails accurately to capture the phenomenon. In this paper we argue that Priest’s objections to Russell are neither new nor decisive. We show that even if one shares Priest’s concerns about the Russellian model there are alternatives inspired by Russell’s own contemporaries that do not entail dialetheism. We conclude that not only are Priest’s objections to Russell unconvincing, but even one who shares Priest’s intuitions has no reason to resurrect the Hegelian account of motion.</p> Graham Stevens, Michaael Rush ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4068 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 The Reception of Russell’s <em>A History of Western Philosophy</em> https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4069 <p>Russell’s <em>History of Western Philosophy</em> was a commercial success and generally popular with the overall public. There were many reviews written of the work; most were not favourable. In this paper I examine a selection of the reviews which shed light on how Russell was perceived as a historian of philosophy. Among the many philosophers who reviewed the work and are discussed here are Isaiah Berlin, C. D. Broad, Martial Gueroult, C. E. M. Joad, H. J. Paton, Karl Popper, Joseph Ratner, Yor­ick Smythies and Paul Weiss.</p> Russell Wahl ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4069 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 “Invitation to Learning” Discusses <em>A History of Western Philosophy</em> https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4070 <p>Transcribed here is a 78 rpm vinyl (or possibly shellac) recording of the CBS broadcast of <em>Invitation to Learning</em> on 15 September 1946. In it Irwin Edman, the chair, and guests Horace M. Kallen and Harold A. Taylor discuss Bertrand Russell’s recently published book, <em>A History of Western Philosophy</em>. The roughly thirty-minute broadcast, which aired on a Sunday from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, was segmented onto eight “vinyl” sides on four twelve-inch discs. They came with the fourth accrual of the Bertrand Russell Archives to McMaster University Library.</p> Lukas Spencer ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4070 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:44:35 -0400 “Invitation to Learning” Sessions https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4071 <p><em>Invitation to Learning</em> by Martin Grams, Jr. (Kearney, NE: OTR / Morris Publishing, 2002) lists a dozen appearances by Bertrand Russell in 1941–51. Of these, the texts of seven have yet to be found. Searches of the archives belonging to the programme’s various hosts and participants have been fruitless, as well as the promising radio collection at the Library of Congress. The show was rebroadcast locally from “transcription discs”, and some may still lie in local radio station archives or await discovery in private collections.</p> Marley Beach ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4071 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:50:19 -0400 Editor's Notes https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4065 Kenneth Blackwell ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4065 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 A Secondary Bibliography of <em>A History of Western Philosophy</em>, Part I: Extracted Reviews in English. Introduction by John G. Slater https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4072 <p>Extracts from the more academic reviews in English follow. They are representative of the totality rather than of individual reviews. Those in the popular press indicate Russell’s high reputation in the mid-1940s but little else. Excluded are blurbs from the Allen &amp; Unwin dustjacket, and there were none on the Simon and Schuster jacket. Copies of all but one of these 132 reviews are in box 1.65 of the Bertrand Russell Archives; they are also preserved in the Russell Archives as PDFs.</p> Kenneth Blackwell, Giovanni D. de Carvalho, Harry Ruja ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4072 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 11:59:45 -0400 Table of Contents [print edition] https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4073 Russell Journal ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/russelljournal/article/view/4073 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:43:07 -0400