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Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Russell's Debt to Lotze's Philosophy of Science
Nikolay Milkov, U. of Bielefeld, Germany
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning

Abstract: Hermann Lotze influenced Russell’s philosophy of science in three main directions: (1) Lotze underlined the importance of order and of relations, in particular. A si milar program was advanced in Russell’s The Principles of Mathematics to which a Lotzean subtitle “A Study of Order” can be given.
(2) Russell also followed Lotze’s program of atomism according to which atoms are the ultimate building blocks of the world. Their quality is unmodified in all compositions and divisions in which they take part. (3) In his theory of space and time, Russell followed Lotze in differentiating between extension and place/moment. Extension refers to an infinite multiplicity of possible directions, but only place and moment make these possibilities concrete.

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