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Single Idea 21573

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 6. Logical Analysis]

Full Idea

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and purification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.

Gist of Idea

When problems are analysed properly, they are either logical, or not philosophical at all


Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 2)

A Reaction

[All Lecture 2 discusses 'logical'] I think Bertie was getting carried away here. In his life's corpus he barely acknowledges the existence of ethics, or political philosophy, or aesthetics. He never even engages with 'objects' the way Aristotle does.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.42