Analytic Philosophy

Bertrand Russell

What did Bertrand Russell think about his use of logic?

Russell believed that logic could be used to solve both philosophical problems and everyday ones, if propositions were translated into the correct logical form. To accomplish this, he held the ideal of a “logically correct” language. For a while he thought that his student Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) was on the right path toward supplying that. But Wittgenstein only alluded to such a language in his early work and abandoned the project later on.


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