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  • Series: The Routledge Philosophers
  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415396271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415396271
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory Landini is Professor of philosophy at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Wittgenstein’s Apprenticeship With Russell (2007), and Russell's Hidden Substitutional Theory (1998).


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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Auerbach on May 7, 2012
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The Routledge Philosophers editions I've read have generally been quite excellent (Beiser's Hegel, Guyer's Kant, Jolley's Leibniz), but this one misses the mark as a substantive introduction. I would not touch it unless you have a very solid grounding in logic and mathematics. Though he rightly focuses primarily on Russell's immense contributions to logic and the founding of analytic philosophy, Landini uses complex logical syntax without much explanation, which is fine if you're familiar with it, but will be incomprehensible to anyone approaching the logic-analytic tradition for the first time. Further, Landini just doesn't seem to write in a user-friendly manner. I have seen far more approachable explanations of Cantor and the Continuum Hypothesis than the one Landini gives in chapter 2.

Landini declares his account of Russell's logical atomism to be "revisionary," linking it much more closely to Russell's work in mathematical logic. It is certainly far from Russell as I studied him. I don't know whether Landini is right, but be aware that his interpretation is idiosyncratic, and I still wasn't able to understand how it solved the seeming lack of reference that Wittgenstein (and others) pointed out. A later chapter on the Principia revision seems quite speculative and unnecessarily hostile toward Wittgenstein. It could have been trimmed from this long book. Russell *is* hugely important and I fear this book will not win him too many converts.

A.C. Grayling's brief, well-written survey Russell: A Very Short Introduction is vastly more accessible and orthodox.
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By Baby-sensei on July 27, 2013
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It's high time to reappraise Bertrand Russell. It's important to get his philosophy aright. It's important to understand his relationship with Wittgenstein--and to get Wittgenstein's origins aright. And it's crucial to examine Bertrand Russell's influence on all of philosophy, not just Anglo-American philosophy. There may be much to dislike about Russell--e.g., his inability to present his opponents' positions uniformly fairly--but his eminence cannot just be wished away. Gregory Landini's book does a masterful job at presenting Russell's ideas fairly and without undue technical verbiage. I think it accurately relocates and re-situates Russell's influence on and relationship with Wittgenstein. I only wish I had read this much earlier in my life.
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