Mapping The Understanding Complex in Russell's Theory of Knowledge

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Anyone familiar with Russell’s work on the multiple-relation theory of judgment will at some point have puzzled over the map of the five-term understanding complex at the end of Chapter 1, Part II of his Theory of Knowledge (1913). Russell presents the map with the intention of clarifying what goes on when a subject S understands the “proposition” that A and B are similar. But the map raises more questions than it answers. In this paper I present and develop some of the central issues that arise from Russell’s map, and I offer an interpretation of it that reflects his evolving views in the manuscript. I argue that multiple lines in the map are not meant to represent many relations, but rather one comprehensive multiple relation of understanding. And I argue that such a relation relates in a complex way due to the distinctive nature of its relata.
Categories
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
PERMTU
Upload history
Archival date: 2018-10-13
View other versions
Added to PP index
2017-12-14

Total views
138 ( #31,197 of 54,632 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
19 ( #33,967 of 54,632 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.