Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

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The following essays have been written and published at various times, and my thanks are due to the previous publishers for the permission to reprint them. The essay on qMysticism and Logicq appeared in the Hibbert Journal for July, 1914. qThe Place of Science in a Liberal Educationq appeared in two numbers of The New Statesman, May 24 and 31, 1913. qThe Free Man's Worshipq and qThe Study of Mathematicsq were included in a former collection (now out of print), Philosophical Essays, also published by Messrs. Longmans, Green a Co. Both were written in 1902; the first appeared originally in the Independent Review for 1903, the second in the New Quarterly, November, 1907. In theoretical Ethics, the position advocated in qThe Free Man's Worshipq is not quite identical with that which I hold now: I feel less convinced than I did then of the objectivity of good and evil. But the general attitude towards life which is suggested in that essay still seems to me, in the main, the one which must be adopted in times of stress and difficulty by those who have no dogmatic religious beliefs, if inward defeat is to be avoided. The essay on qMathematics and the Metaphysiciansq was written in 1901, and appeared in an American magazine, The International Monthly, under the title qRecent Work in the Philosophy of Mathematics.q Some points in this essay require modification in view of later work. These are indicated in footnotes. Its tone is partly explained by the fact that the editor begged me to make the article qas romantic as possible.q All the above essays are entirely popular, but those that follow are somewhat more technical. qOn Scientific Method in Philosophyq was the Herbert Spencer lecture at Oxford in 1914, and was published by the Clarendon Press, which has kindly allowed me to include it in this collection. qThe Ultimate Constituents of Matterq was an address to the Manchester Philosophical Society, early in 1915, and was published in the Monist in July of that year. The essay on qThe Relation of Sense-data to Physicsq was written in January, 1914, and first appeared in No. 4 of that year's volume of Scientia, an International Review of Scientific Synthesis, edited by M. Eugenio Rignano, published monthly by Messrs. Williams and Norgate, London, Nicola Zanichelli, Bologna, and FAclix Alcan, Paris. The essay qOn the Notion of Causeq was the presidential address to the Aristotelian Society in November, 1912, and was published in their Proceedings for 1912-13. qKnowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Descriptionq was also a paper read before the Aristotelian Society, and published in their Proceedings for 1910-11.The third definition is by far the most precise; indeed as regards clearness it leaves nothing to be desired. But a great difficulty is caused by the temporal contiguity of cause and effect which the definition asserts. No two instants are contiguous, anbsp;...

Title:Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays
Author:Bertrand Russell
Publisher:Booklassic - 2015-06-22


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