The Spaces of Knowledge: Bertrand Russell, Logical Construction, and the Classification of the Sciences

Nasim, Omar W. (2012) The Spaces of Knowledge: Bertrand Russell, Logical Construction, and the Classification of the Sciences. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 20 (6). pp. 1163-1182. ISSN 0960-8788. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/09608788.2012.731245) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

What Russell regarded to be the ‘chief outcome’ of his 1914 Lowell Lectures at Harvard can only be fully appreciated, I argue, if one embeds the outcome back into the ‘classificatory problem’ that many at the time were heavily engaged in. The problem focused on the place and relationships between the newly formed or recently professionalized disciplines such as psychology, Erkenntnistheorie, physics, logic and philosophy. The prime metaphor used in discussions about the classificatory problem by British philosophers was a spatial one, with such motifs as ‘standpoints’, ‘place’ and ‘perspectives’ in the space of knowledge. In fact, Russell’s construction of a perspectival space of six-dimensions was meant precisely to be a timely solution to the widely discussed classificatory problem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: British philosophy, classification of the sciences, crisis, psychology, history of analytic philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History > Centre for the History of the Sciences
Depositing User: Omar Nasim
Date Deposited: 25 May 2015 12:06 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2016 14:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48631 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Nasim, Omar W.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1985-0497
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