Ideas from 'Philosophical Implications of Mathematical logic' by Bertrand Russell [1911], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Essays in Analysis' by Russell,Bertrand (ed/tr Lackey,Douglas) [George Braziller 1973,0-8076-0699-5]].

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15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 5. Generalisation by mind
It is good to generalise truths as much as possible
                        Full Idea: It is a good thing to generalise any truth as much as possible.
                        From: Bertrand Russell (Philosophical Implications of Mathematical logic [1911], p.289)
                        A reaction: An interesting claim, which seems to have a similar status to Ockham's Razor. Its best justification is pragmatic, and concerns strategies for coping with a big messy world. Russell's defence is in 'as much as possible'.