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Acquaintance, Knowledge, and Logic

New Essays on Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy

edited by Donovan Wishon and Bernard Linsky

Bertrand Russell, the recipient of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, was one of the most distinguished, influential, and prolific philosophers of the twentieth century. Acquaintance, Knowledge, and Logic brings together ten new essays on Russell's best-known work, The Problems of Philosophy. These essays, by some of the foremost scholars of his life and works, reexamine Russell's famous distinction between “knowledge by acquaintance” and “knowledge by description,” his developing views about our knowledge of physical reality, and his views about our knowledge of logic, mathematics, and other abstract matters. In addition, this volume includes an editors' introduction, which summarizes Russell's influential book, presents new biographical details about how and why Russell wrote it, and highlights its continued significance for contemporary philosophy.

“It is hard to imagine that a seminar on Russell will now be taught that does not require Acquaintance, Knowledge, and Logic.
John Perry, Stanford University

Donovan Wishon is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Mississippi. Bernard Linsky is professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Russell's Metaphysical Logic, also published by CSLI Publications, and The Evolution of Principia Mathematica: Bertrand Russell's Manuscripts and Notes for the Second Edition.


  • Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1 The Place of The Problems of Philosophy in Philosophy
    Donovan Wishon and Bernard Linsky
  • 2 Problems of Philosophy as a Stage in the Evolution of Russell's Views on Knowledge
    Peter Hylton
  • 3 Certainty, Error, and Acquaintance in The Problems of Philosophy
    Ian Proops
  • 4 Acquaintance and Certainty in The Problems of Philosophy
    Bernard Linsky
  • 5 Sense-Data and the Inference to Material Objects: The Epistemological Project in Problems and Its Fate in Russell's Later Work
    Russell Wahl
  • 6 Seeing, Imagining, Believing: From Problems to Theory of Knowledge
    Rosalind Carey
  • 7 Russell on Acquaintance, Analysis, and Knowledge of Persons
    Michael Kremer
  • 8 Problems as Prolegemena: Russell's Analytic Phenomenology
    Robert Barnard
  • 9 The Importance of Russell's Regress Argument for Universals
    Katrina Perovic
  • 10 The Constituents of the Propositions of Logic
    Kevin C. Klement
  • 11 Types* and Russellian Facts
    Gregory Landini
  • Index
Book Index

May 2015

ISBN (Paperback): 1575868466 (9781575868462)

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