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By Elizabeth Ramsden Eames

Professor Eames explores the improvement of Russell’s personal philosophy in interplay with ten of his contemporaries: Bradley, Joachim, Moore, Frege, Meinong, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Schiller, James, and Dewey.Her exam of those interactions provides a brand new historic standpoint on twentieth century analytic philosophy in addition to a deeper realizing of Russell’s philosophy and its impact.

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In his study Carl Spadoni shows that Russell was influenced by idealism (neo-Hegelianism is Spadoni's term) for a long time following the point in the late '90s when Russell reported himself and Moore to have escaped from that "hot-house". His research is based on a thorough study of the correspondence of the period, especially the letters written to his wife, Alys Russell. There is no doubt that Russell's ideas took shape over a period of time and that he retained portions of his earlier views even after the rebellion against idealism.

2 Russell and Joachim The controversies with individual idealists in which Russell was engaged during this period involved two persons, Harold Joachim and F. H. Bradley. Page 13 Joachim was an old acquaintance, a neighbor of the family, who had given Russell a list of books of philosophy to read before Russell went to Cambridge. He was some years Russell's senior, a don at Merton College, Oxford, and the author of three books, one on logic, one on ethics, and one called The Nature of Truth. The two men carried on a correspondence from 1900 to 1907, but it was as a response to Joachim's book on truth that the published part of the dispute arose.

Subsequent detective work by Blackwell and me confirmed this surmise. The research received the essential support of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, at Austin which allowed access to the letters of Bertrand Russell to Ottoline Morrell and later provided copies of these letters to the Bertrand Russell Archives. The Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley provided Victor Lenzen's paper with Russell's comments and the notes and conversation of Professor Lenzen himself; the library and archives of Harvard University made available records and T.

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