The Cambridge Revolt Against Idealism: Was There Ever an Eden?

Metaphilosophy 43 (1-2):135-146 (2012)
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Fraser MacBride
University of Manchester
Fraser MacBride
University of Manchester
Abstract
According to one creation myth, analytic philosophy emerged in Cambridge when Moore and Russell abandoned idealism in favour of naive realism: every word stood for something; it was only after “the Fall,” Russell's discovery of his theory of descriptions, that they realized some complex phrases (“the present King of France”) didn't stand for anything. It has become a commonplace of recent scholarship to object that even before the Fall, Russell acknowledged that such phrases may fail to denote. But we need to go further: even before the Fall, Russell had taken an altogether more discerning approach to the ontology of logic and relations than is usually recognized
Keywords Russell  relations  Wittgenstein  logical constants
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2011.01736.x
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