1855

BRACERS Record Detail

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Collection code 
RA1
Class no. 
710
Document no. 
.051885
Box no. 
5.26
Source if not BR 
Recipient(s) 
BR
Sender(s) 
Kyle, Eva
Date 
1918/05/13
Enclosures/References 
Form of letter 
ALS
Pieces 
1
BR's address code (if sender) 
Notes, topics or text 

The governor's initials, "CH", are on the letter.

Kyle has a parcel of books for BR. "I wonder if you will manage to fit in your 'half-minute's high thinking during the six months." This is a reference to Russell's remark in "The Philosophy of Logical Atomism" lectures, which Kyle must have taken down, typed or corrected. He said: “There is a good deal of importance to philosophy in the theory of symbolism, a good deal more than at one time I thought. I think the importance is almost entirely negative, i.e. the importance lies in the fact that unless you are fairly self-conscious about symbols, unless you are fairly aware of the relation of the symbol to what it ro symbolizes, you will find yourself attributing to the thing properties which only belong to the symbol. That, of course, is especially likely in very abstract studies such as philosophical logic, because the subject-matter that you are supposed to be thinking of is so exceedingly difficult and elusive that any person who has ever tried to think about it knows you do not think about it except perhaps once in six months for half a minute. The rest of the time you think about the symbols, because they are tangible, but the thing you are supposed to be thinking about is fearfully difficult and one does not often manage to think about it. The really good philosopher is the one who does once in six months think about it for a minute. Bad philosophers never do” (Papers 8: 166).

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1855
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