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Logic from Kant to Russell: Laying the Foundations for Analytic Philosophy

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2019.07.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sandra Lapointe (ed.), Logic from Kant to Russell: Laying the Foundations for Analytic Philosophy, Routledge, 2019, 255pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780815396321. Reviewed by James Pearson, Bridgewater State University If students in a first logic course ask about the subject's history -- whether driven by curiosity or perhaps hoping for a breather -- they are often rewarded with a history of heroes. In the distant past strides mighty Aristotle, whose syllogistic forms provided scholars a structure for clear argumentation. Then a jump to tragic Frege, whose innovations went largely ignored and whose calculus was proven contradictory. But then, a twist! Plucky young Russell who discovered this flaw also carried forward Frege's dream of trying to construct a logical foundation for mathematics. All this makes for a good story. But it is, to say the least, incomplete. One might encourage advanced students to explore other figures, depending upon their interests: medieval... Read More

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