Symposium: The Pursuit of Philosophy: Some Cambridge Perspectives
The Cambridge Revolt Against Idealism: Was There Ever an Eden?
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2012
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Volume 43, Issue 1-2, pages 135–146, January 2012
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Macbride, F. (2012), The Cambridge Revolt Against Idealism: Was There Ever an Eden?. Metaphilosophy, 43: 135–146. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2011.01736.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2012
- logical constants;
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.