Russell. N.s. Vol. 37, no. 2. Winter 2017–18

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Editor’s Notes
Ruth Derham“‘A Very Improper Friend’: the Influence of Jowett and Oxford on Frank Russell”
ABSTRACT: The life of Frank Russell, the second Earl and Bertrand’s older brother, was characterized by conflict as he repeatedly chose to follow paths that defied convention, carved out by and faithful to his own peculiar moral convictions. His conflict with Jowett, Master of Balliol, led to his expulsion from Oxford and changed the course of his life. Using a range of primary sources, this paper questions previously published accounts of the events that took place and reviews the consequences of the actions of those involved, within the social and political context of the time.
Gregory Landini“Well-Ordering in the Russell–Newman Controversy”
ABSTRACT: There is a curious letter of 24 April 1928, reproduced in Russell’s Autobiography. It is from Russell to Max Newman. It is my thesis that there is a crucial “not” missing from the text and interpretations of the letter. This small point, if it is correct, has a very large impact for clarifying how Russell saw Newman’s challenge to his structural realism according to which all of our empirical knowledge in physics concerns structure alone.
Iva Apostolova“Russell’s Two Theories of Memory”
ABSTRACT: In this paper I examine Russell’s account of memory in both the acquaintance and the neutral monist periods, more specifically, the years from 1910 until 1927, with emphasis on The Problems of Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, and The Analysis of Mind. I argue that memory is central for understanding how knowledge works, which is the main reason it remained in the focus of Russell’s analysis even after the gradual shift to neutral monism. I propose that memory played a not insignificant role in that shift. While this paper aims to show that Russell’s theory of memory in the acquaintance period faced serious difficulties—mainly related to the commitment to direct realism—I argue that there is a consistent similarity and continuity between the theory of memory in the acquaintance period and that in the neutral monist period. Russell considered a similar type of memory to be paradigmatic and epistemically primary in both periods—a consideration, dictated, no doubt, by his commitment to the principles of Occam’s razor and psychological plausibility.
Kenneth Blackwell“Our Knowledge of Our Knowledge Revisited”
ABSTRACT: With the new availability of the ms. of Our Knowledge, scholars can at last examine Russell’s revisions. Some introduced the theory of six-dimensional perspectival space, as hypothesized in 1973 by the author.
Bridget WhittleRecent Acquisitions, 2013–17
Stefan AnderssonReview of Tim Madigan and Peter Stone, eds., Bertrand Russell: Public Intellectual
Chad TrainerReview of Torin Alter and Yujin Nagasawa, eds., Consciousness in the Physical World: Perspectives on Russellian Monism

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