[lit-ideas] REat

  • From: Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:34:38 +0000

The doctrines of logical atomism (which are one serious component of the
Logisch-philosophische Abhandlung, in the Ostwald edition, then G E Moore in
homage to B Spinoza invented the latinate title under which it became famous in
English) are doctrines about the absence of quantifiers and connectives (if
there were a fact |omar is intelligent and speranza babbles| such fact would
not be an atom of anything, while the elementary assertions {|omar is
intelligent|,|speranza babbles|} would be atomic in being devoid of logical
structures. Lucretius has nothing to do with it.

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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Boyleiana

Atomism in Russell (and I assume in the early W.) has to do with atomic facts,
which are expressed by atomic propositions. It is not a physical but a logical
notion. (Russell also had a couple of things to say about nuclear weapons later
on but he made it clear that atomic propositions had nothing to do with that.)

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In a message dated 9/2/2015 4:41:01 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
a joke made by a comedian, Frankie Boyle, on BBC television

This reminds me of Locke and Democritus (and Leucippus)

As Uzgalis, William, Uzgalis writes in his entry for "John Locke" in The
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

"It is from Boyle that Locke learned about atomism** (or the corpuscular
hypothesis) and it is from Boyle's book The Origin of Forms and Qualities
that Locke took the language of primary and secondary qualities."

Uzgalis does not, of course, means Frankie Boyle although both are related
(Boyle and Boyle, I mean; not Uzgalis and Boyle*).

Incidentally, since Locke's theory about primary and secondary qualities
is metaphysical it couldn't be, alla Popper, disproved (or proved for that



* According to Geary, Uzgalis and Boyle are ALSO related ("If fact,
everything is related," he expressed tersely).

** Atomism is used in a different 'sense' (but "do not multiply senses
beyond necessity" so I'm not sure this is a sense) by Witters; but Popper had
some interesting things to say about atoms, since if the _matter_ of W1 is
matter, modern quantum theory shows that more than atoms we need

**** 'wavicle' was an expression ('for lack of a better one') coined by
Eddington, to blend a wave and a particle.

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