Russellian Acquaintance Revisited

Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (4):779-811 (2014)
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It is sometimes claimed that in his 1912 work, "The Problems of Philosophy" (POP), and possibly as early as “on Denoting”, Russell conceives of the mind's acquaintance with sense-data as providing an indubitable or certain foundation for empirical knowledge. However, although he does say things suggestive of this view in certain of his 1914 works, Russell also makes remarks in POP that conflict with any such broadly "Cartesian" interpretation of this work. This paper attempts to resolve this apparent tension, while also offering a close examination of Russell's views on the nature of acquaintance and their relationship to certain ideas in William James.
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