Russell. N.s. Vol. 21, no. 1. Summer 2001

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Editor's Notes
Giovanni Vianelli"A Newly Discovered Text by Russell on Pythagoras and the History of Mathematics"
ABSTRACT: This paper presents a lengthy unpublished passage by Russell on the attempts by Pythagoras and subsequent mathematicians to deal with continuity and the logical paradoxes, recently discovered in the manuscript of the History of Western Philosophy. In the first part, I provide a short introduction to the new material. In the second, I analyze its philosophical content. In the third, I develop some considerations, mainly in the attempt to solve the following problems: can we determine when and for what purpose Russell wrote these leaves? why were they never published? where do we find similar subjects expounded in the History? where does the significance of the discovery really lie?
Andrew G. Bone"Russell and the Communist-Aligned Peace Movement in the Mid-1950s"
ABSTRACT: The Soviet Union's successful test of an atomic bomb in 1949 altered Russell's outlook on international politics. But there was a considerable delay between this critical juncture of the Cold War and any perceptible softening of Russell's anti-Communism. Even after a muted optimism about the possibility of improvement in the foreign and domestic policies of the Soviet Union entered Russell's writing, he remained apprehensive about campaigning for peace alongside western Communists and fellow-travellers. He disliked the central thrust of pro-Soviet peace propaganda but regarded ideological diversity as a vital prerequisite for meaningful peace work. Russell also understood that such an approach carried with it a risk that his efforts might be tarnished by association with the Communist-aligned peace movement. His dilemma was eased not by a shift in his own tactics, but by external factors: a crisis within western Communism and the emergence of broadly based movements for peace that could not easily be tainted by their critics as "pro-Soviet".
Andrew D. Irvine"The Debilitating Illness of Russellianism"
ABSTRACT: The author, editor of Russell and Analytic Philosophy and Bertrand Russell: Critical Assessments, is also a long-time member of Russellians Anonymous, an international charitable organization founded to help combat the debilitating effects of Russellianism. For the record, it's true that while at the Munich conference a speaker did begin his comments with the first two sentences quoted below. No doubt historians will continue to debate exactly what followed afterwards.
Jan Dejnozka"Reply to Ostertag"
Gary Ostertag"Rejoinder to Dejnozka's Reply"
Roma Hutchinson"Index to Russell's New Hopes for a Changing World"
I. Grattan-GuinnessReview of Ursula Voss, Bertrand Russell und Lady Ottoline Morrell
William R. EverdellReview of Ann Banfield, The Phantom Table: Woolf, Fry, Russell and the Epistemology of Modernism
Alasdair UrquhartReview of I. Grattan-Guinness, The Search for Mathematical Roots, 1870-1940

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