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Bertrand Russell

A Brief Timeline

Timeline Continued

Who is Bertrand Russell?

Bertrand: The Philosopher

  • Along with G.E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the founders of analytic philosophy.

  • His most influential contributions include his defense of logicism (the view that mathematics is in some important sense reducible to logic), and his theories of definite descriptions and logical atomism.

Russell’s Paradox

  • Russell's paradox is the most famous of the logical paradoxes.

  • The paradox arises by considering the set of all sets that are not members of themselves. Such a set appears to be a member of itself if and only if it is not a member of itself, hence the paradox.


In a statement:

  • Basically, he’s saying that all sentences follow from a contradiction.

Russell’s Defense of Logicism

  • Russell states that:

  • The vocabulary of mathematics is a proper subset of Logic.

  • And!

  • The theorums of mathematics are subsets of logical ones.

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Russell: The Activist

  • Although Bertrand Russell is famous in activist circles for his work against nuclear weapons and Western involvement in the Vietnam War,

  • His social and political activism stretches far beyond that…

The Experimental School

  • Along with his second wife, Russell opened an experimental school. He believed education was key to conveying his social beliefs.

The Rebel

  • Russell was convicted twice and spent 6 months in prison due to his protests.

  • He was dismissed from one college and had a job offer revoked from another for similar reasons.


  • Russell ‘s books are notoriously blasphemous. He implies that religion is a comfort we seek to excuse our terrible acts. His message is that we should take responsibility for our own actions.


  • http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Bertrand_Russell

  • http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/russell-paradox/

  • http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/russell/

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By Barry Briggs Jr.

  • By Barry Briggs Jr.

  • (Bertrand)

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