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Single Idea 6118

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 3. Philosophy Defined]

Full Idea

The business of philosophy, as I conceive it, is essentially that of logical analysis, followed by logical synthesis.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy is logical analysis, followed by synthesis


Bertrand Russell (Logical Atomism [1924], p.162)

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Russell's Logical Atomism', ed/tr. Pears,David [Fontana 1972], p.162

A Reaction

I am uneasy about Russell's hopes for the contribution that logic could make, but I totally agree that analysis is the route to wisdom, and I take Aristotle as my role model of an analytical philosopher, rather than the modern philosophers of logic.

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