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Single Idea 21574

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 3. Metaphysical Systems]

Full Idea

Hegel's confusion of the 'is' of predication with the 'is' of identity an example of how, for want of care at the start, vast and imposing systems of philosophy are built upon stupid and trivial confusions.

Gist of Idea

Hegel's confusions over 'is' show how vast systems can be built on simple errors


Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 2 n1)

A Reaction

[He explains the confusion in more detail in the note] Russell cites an English translation, and I am wondering how this occurs in the German. Plato has been accused of similar elementary blunders about properties. Russell treats Berkeley similarly.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.48

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Idea 1103 'To be is to be perceived' is a simple confusion of experience with its objects [Russell on Berkeley]

Idea 3324 Plato's whole philosophy may be based on being duped by reification - a figure of speech [Benardete,JA on Plato]