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Single Idea 21541

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content]

Full Idea

Every property of the object seems to demand a strictly correlative property of the content, and the content, therefore, must have every complexity belonging to the object.

Gist of Idea

The complexity of the content correlates with the complexity of the object


Bertrand Russell (Meinong on Complexes and Assumptions [1904], p.55)

A Reaction

This claim gives a basis for his 'congruence' account of the correspondence theory of truth. It strikes me as false. If I talk of the 'red red robin', I don't mention the robin's feet. He ignores the psychological selection we make in abstraction.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Essays in Analysis', ed/tr. Lackey,Douglas [George Braziller 1973], p.55

Related Idea

Idea 5427 Truth is when a mental state corresponds to a complex unity of external constituents [Russell]