Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

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First Advisor

Johnson, R.





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It has long been thought that criticisms that Ludwig Wittgenstein raised against Bertrand Russell's theory of knowledge manuscript caused irreparable damage to the arguments in the manuscript and forced Russell to abandon the project. Recent speculation on the precise nature of these criticisms and how exactly they undermine the manuscript has been used as evidence to support the claim that Wittgenstein forced Russell to give up the positions defended in the theory of knowledge manuscript. Regardless of the accuracy of the speculation on the nature of Wittgenstein's criticisms, the argument developed in this thesis is that the effect of Wittgenstein's criticisms is more limited that has been supposed and did not result in Russell's abandonment of the theory of knowledge or the multiple relation theory of judgement. Instead Wittgenstein's criticisms were probably instrumental in providing the impetus for Russell's later conversion to neutral monism.Dept. of Philosophy. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .B644. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-02, page: 0438. Adviser: Ralph H. Johnson. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.