A Substantive Non-Solution to the Problem of Unity

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Russell is commonly accused of failing to solve Bradley’s problem of unity. In this paper I argue that the problem doesn’t really pose a distinctively philosophical question; that Russell’s account of unity exposes the problem as unworthy of an
answer. I accept that this isn’t a solution, but it does constitute a substantive non-solution! Furthermore, some scholars have read in Russell’s writings a confession of guilt to the effect that he was defeated by the problem of unity: this, I argue, is a misreading of the texts in question
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
JournalThe Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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