1st Edition

Logic from Kant to Russell
Laying the Foundations for Analytic Philosophy

Edited By

Sandra Lapointe

ISBN 9780815396321
Published December 13, 2018 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

The scope and method of logic as we know it today eminently reflect the ground-breaking developments of set theory and the logical foundations of mathematics at the turn of the 20th century. Unfortunately, little effort has been made to understand the idiosyncrasies of the philosophical context that led to these tremendous innovations in the 19thcentury beyond what is found in the works of mathematicians such as Frege, Hilbert, and Russell. This constitutes a monumental gap in our understanding of the central influences that shaped 19th-century thought, from Kant to Russell, and that helped to create the conditions in which analytic philosophy could emerge.

The aim of Logic from Kant to Russell is to document the development of logic in the works of 19th-century philosophers. It contains thirteen original essays written by authors from a broad range of backgrounds—intellectual historians, historians of idealism, philosophers of science, and historians of logic and analytic philosophy. These essays question the standard narratives of analytic philosophy’s past and address concerns that are relevant to the contemporary philosophical study of language, mind, and cognition. The book covers a broad range of influential thinkers in 19th-century philosophy and analytic philosophy, including Kant, Bolzano, Hegel, Herbart, Lotze, the British Algebraists and Idealists, Moore, Russell, the Neo-Kantians, and Frege.

Table of Contents


Sandra Lapointe

1. The Logicians of Kant’s School

Jeremy Heis

2. Kant’s Excessive Tenderness for Things in the World, and Hegel’s Diatheism

Graham Priest

3. Hegel’s Conception of Thinking in his Logics

Clinton Tolley

4. Bolzano on Logic in Mathematics and Beyond

Sandra Lapointe

5. Laws of Thought and Laws of Logic after Kant

Lydia Patton

6. Platonism in Lotze and Frege

Nicholas F. Stang

7. Demystifying Cohen’s Logik

Frederick Beiser

8. The Logic in Dedekind’s Logicism

Erich Reck

9. What Russell Meant When He Called Moore a Logician

Consuelo Preti

10. Sigwart, Russell and the Emergence of Scientific Philosophy

Sean Morris

11. Kant and Formalism. Hilbert, Russell and Whitehead

Nicholas Griffin

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Sandra Lapointe is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and Research Affiliate of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre at McMaster University. She is a Commonwealth alumna and a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation. She works on 19th and 20th century philosophy of logic, language and mind. Her most recent publications include Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century (ed., Routledge 2018) and Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy (eds. with Christopher Pincock, 2017).


"This volume is a testament to the fertility of taking the work of 19th century logicians seriously. While not too technical for an advanced undergraduate, those who stand to benefit most from its varied insights into historiography and the pre-analytic period are at the graduate level and beyond."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This book charts the rich and varied philosophical background against which mathematical logic developed."Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin