Bertrand Russell


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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was born in Monmouthshire, into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in Britain.

Russell led the British "revolt against idealism" in the early 20th century. He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be ... more »

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  • ''In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word "experience" have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Logic and Knowledge (1956). "On the Nature of Acquaintance," sect. 1 (1914)...
  • ''A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Logic and Knowledge (1956). "On the Nature of Acquaintance: Neutral Monism,...
  • ''Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell. "Philosophy and Politics," ch. 50.
  • ''To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. Power, ch. 18, sct. 4 (1938).
  • ''We shall say that we have acquaintance with anything of which we are directly aware, without the intermediary of any process of inference of any knowledge of truths.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher. Problems of Philosophy, p. 46, Oxford University Press (1959).
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