Russell. N.s. Vol. 36, no. 2. Winter 2016–17

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Editor’s Notes
Katarina Perovic“Mapping the Understanding Complex in Russell’s Theory of Knowledge
ABSTRACT: Anyone familiar with Russell’s work on the multiple-relation theory of judgment will at some point have puzzled over the map of the five-term understanding complex at the end of Chapter I, Part II of his Theory of Knowledge (1913). Russell presents the map with the intention of clarifying what goes on when a subject S understands the “proposition” that A and B are similar. But the map raises more questions than it answers. In this paper I present and develop some of the central issues that arise from Russell’s map, and I offer an interpretation of it that reflects his evolving views in the manuscript. I argue that multiple lines in the map are not meant to represent many relations, but rather one comprehensive multiple relation of understanding. And I argue that such a relation relates in a complex way due to the distinctive nature of its relata.
Jakub Mácha“Arnošt Kolman and Bertrand Russell at the 1948 International Congress of Philosophy”
ABSTRACT: The only encounter of the Czech philosopher and Communist official Arnošt Kolman with Bertrand Russell at the Tenth International Congress of Philosophy in Amsterdam in 1948 was unfortunate. Kolman’s paper, “The Tasks of Contemporary Philosophy in the Struggle for New Humanism”, aroused a vitriolic rejoinder by Russell. However, the text of the paper as published in the congress Proceedings has a conciliatory tone. This version could not have aroused such a reaction. There is, however, an article, with a similar title, published in Czech in 1948, stating that this is Kolman’s paper from the congress. I argue that this article more likely reflects what Kolman actually said at the Congress. Finally, I provide an English translation of this article.
Lianghua Zhou“A Critical Bibliography of Russell’s Addresses and Lectures in China”
ABSTRACT: This paper is devoted to a bibliographical study of Russell’s addresses and lectures in China in 1920–21. In particular, the study focuses on providing a (nearly) complete and correct list of original sources pertaining to them, including speaking dates and translators. There has been, historically, considerable disagreement over the details. Extensive notes discuss and aim at solutions. The study adds significantly to our knowledge of Russell’s speaking and teaching activities in China.
James LevineReview of Jolen Galaugher, Russell’s Philosophy of Logical Analysis: 1897–1905
James ConnellyReview of Bernard Linsky and Donovan Wishon, eds., Acquaintance, Knowledge, and Logic: New Essays on Russell’s The Problems of Philosophy

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