An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth by B. Russell

By B. Russell

Bertrand Russell is anxious during this e-book with the principles of information. He ways his topic via a dialogue of language, the relationships of fact to adventure and an research into how wisdom of the constitution of language is helping our realizing of the constitution of the world.

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T w o instances o f the letter A are clo sely sim ilar, and each v e ry different fro m an instance o f the letter B . B y using black print on w hite paper, w e m ake each letter stand o u t sharply against its backgrou nd. T h u s a printed page consists o f a set o f discrete and easily classified shapes, and is in consequence a logician’s paradise. B ut he m ust not delude h im self into th inking that the w o rld outside b o o ks is equ ally charm ing. W o rd s, spoken, heard, o r w ritten, differ fro m other classes o f b o d ily m ovem ents, noises, o r shapes, b y h avin g “ m eaning” .

Anything going beyond assertions as to what is sensibly present, and even some assertions which do not do so, can only be effected by means o f sentences; but i f sentences contain object-words, what they assert depends upon the meaning o f the object-words. There are sentences containing no object-words; they are those o f logic and mathematics. But all empirical statements contain objectwords, or dictionary words defined in terms o f them. Thus the meaning o f object-words is fundamental in the theory o f empi­ rical knowledge, since it is through them that language is con­ nected with non-linguistic occurrences in the way that makes it capable o f expressing empirical truth or falsehood.

Thus similarity is symmetrical, and so is dissimilarity; but “ before” , “ greater” , “ to the right o f” , and so on, are asymmetrical. There are also relations which are neither symmetrical nor asymmetrical; “ brother” is an example, since, if x is the brother o f y , y may be the sister o f x. These and asymmetrical relations are called non-symmetrical. Non-symmetrical relations are o f the utmost importance, and many famous philosophies are refuted by their existence. Let us try to state what exactly are the linguistic facts about non-symmetrical relations.

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