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TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Kevin C. Klement||“Three Unpublished
Manuscripts from 1903”|
ABSTRACT: I present and discuss three previously unpublished
manuscripts written by Bertrand Russell in 1903, not included with
similar manuscripts in Volume 4 of his Collected Papers. One
is a one-page list of basic principles for his “functional
theory” of May 1903, in which Russell partly anticipated the
later Lambda Calculus. The next, catalogued under the title
“Proof That No Function Takes All Values”, largely
explores the status of Cantor’s proof that there is no
greatest cardinal number in the variation of the functional theory
holding that only some but not all complexes can be analyzed
into function and argument. The final manuscript, “Meaning
and Denotation”, examines how his pre-1905 distinction
between meaning and denotation is to be understood with respect to
functions and their arguments. In them, Russell seems to endorse an
extensional view of functions not endorsed in other works prior to
the 1920s. All three manuscripts illustrate the close connection
between his work on the logical paradoxes and his work on the
theory of meaning.
|Michael D. Stevenson||“ ‘My
Personal Ruin Passes Unnoticed’ Russell, Harvard, and the
1940 William James Lectureship”|
ABSTRACT: This article analyzes the contentious debate among senior
administrators of Harvard University regarding the choice of
Russell as the 1940 William James Lecturer. In the aftermath of the
City College of New York controversy, influential Harvard
bureaucrats, alumni, and members of the general public pressured
Harvard President James B. Conant to rescind Russell’s
appointment. Utilizing the Russell Archives, Conant’s private
papers and Corporation records held at the Harvard Archives, and
Grenville Clark’s papers at Dartmouth College, the nature of
the complex deliberations surrounding Russell’s appointment
and his status as a controversial public figure can be ascertained.
Ultimately, Harvard stood by Russell, who delivered the James
Lectures in the autumn 1940 term without incident, an engagement
that ended Russell’s formal involvement with Harvard
extending back to the pre-World War I period.
|Jo-Anne Grant||“Russell the Rainmaker: Touring
in Early Cold War Australia”|
ABSTRACT: During his 1950 lecture tour of Australia, Bertrand
Russell was given the nickname “Russell the Rainmaker”
due to unseasonably wet weather in the eastern states that appeared
to accompany his travels. This humorous name represents a central
idea that shaped his tour. Russell was convinced that the technical
ability to make rain could transform Australia’s largely dry
landscape and boost the nation’s farming potential, which
could, in turn, support a new age of happiness and prosperity.
Russell used this vision of the future to imagine a safe refuge for
Western civilization in case Europe was destroyed in a possible
nuclear Third World War. This paper will discuss how his Australian
tour was an important moment of both hope and anxiety in his life.
Russell’s idea of a pastoral utopia in Australia that relied
on optimism about the capability of science to transform the
landscape can be understood as a key way in which he responded
intellectually to the events of the early Cold War.
|Kenneth Blackwell||“Wittgenstein: Two Public
|Peter Stone||Review of Nicholas Griffin, ed. A
Pacifist at War: Letters and Writings of Bertrand Russell,
|Review of Bertrand Russell. Le pacifisme et la
révolution: écrits politiques
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