AUTUMN 2011 NEWS



In January 2011 the Bertrand Russell Research Centre moved into its new, permanent home on the first floor of Mills Library at McMaster University. The new location is conveniently situated just one floor up from the Russell Archives and Special Collections reading room.

The Centre’s most important public initiative of the last couple of years has been its hosting of the “PM@100” Conference, which celebrated the centenary of the publication of the first of the three volumes of Russell and Whitehead’s Principia Mathematica—their landmark work in the development of logic, the foundations of mathematics, and the application of logic in philosophy.

The most recent issue of Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies (Volume 31, no. 1) is devoted entirely to papers presented at this extremely successful three-day event, and a separate volume of conference papers—edited by the Centre’s Nick Griffin, together with Bernard Linksy—is to be published by Cambridge. In conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, the Centre jointly hosted a smaller Principia seminar/workshop in February 2011.

Another notable philosophy conference—the first annual meeting of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy—is scheduled to take place at McMaster University from 24–26 May 2012.

The 2010 meeting of the Bertrand Russell Society was staged concurrently with the PM@100 conference at McMaster. This year’s annual meeting took place at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Congratulations to Michael Stevenson, co-editor of the most recently published volume of Collected Papers on his recent academic appointment to the Orillia campus of Lakehead University.

The student research assistants at the Centre at present are Zöe Christmas, a fourth-year philosophy major, and Amy Verhaege, a fourth year history major. Many thanks to three other students, Karl Laderoute, Richelle Capriotti and Tom Siek, for their recent and valuable contributions to work in progress on both the Collected Letters and Collected Papers projects.

March 2012: We have added links to PDFs of a selection of Russell texts from the Collected Papers (from volumes 10, 11, 15, 21, 28 and 29). The editorial apparatus—headnote, annotation, textual notes and bibliographical index entries—has also been uploaded for each of the chosen papers.

Embedded in the texts are invisible links to the annotations and textual notes. As you scroll through the PDF, watch for your cursor turning into a pointing finger then click your mouse. You can link back to the text by clicking the page of the page and line number supplied adjacent to each annotation or textual note. Alternatively, the annotations and textual notes can be accessed simply by scrolling down to the bottom of the web page. Bibliographical index entries have been placed in pop up boxes linked to the year (highlighted in yellow) of the author-date reference. Some browsers will display the bibliographical information by moving the mouse over the link; others will require you to open the pop-up box with a mouse click.

The featured material includes some comparatively obscure texts as well as more familiar works—chosen because of the particular editorial challenges they posed.


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* McMaster University


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