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In he published The Principles of Mathematicsa work on foundations of mathematics. It advanced a thesis of logicismthat mathematics and logic are one and the same. This, along with the earlier The Principles of Mathematics, soon made Russell world-famous in his field. In he became a University of Cambridge lecturer at Trinity College where he studied. He was considered for a Fellowship, which would give him a vote in the college government and protect him from being fired for his opinions, but was passed over because he was "anti-clerical", essentially because he was agnostic.

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He was approached by the Austrian engineering student Ludwig Wittgensteinwho became his PhD student. Russell viewed Wittgenstein as a genius and a successor who would continue his work on logic. He spent hours dealing with Wittgenstein's various phobias and his frequent bouts of despair. This was often a drain on Russell's energy, but Russell continued to be fascinated by him and encouraged his academic development, including the publication of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in Wittgenstein was, at that time, serving in the Austrian Army and subsequently spent nine months in an Italian prisoner of war camp at the end of the conflict.

First World War[ edit ] During World War I, Russell was one of the few people to engage in active pacifist activities and inbecause of his lack of a Fellowship, he was dismissed from Trinity College following his conviction under the Defence of the Realm Act Russell played a significant part in the Leeds Convention in Junea historic event which saw well over a thousand "anti-war socialists" gather; many being delegates from the Independent Labour Party and the Socialist Party, united in their pacifist beliefs and advocating a peace settlement.

After the event, Russell told Lady Ottoline Morrell that, "to my surprise, when I got up to speak, I was given the greatest ovation that was possible to give anybody". The books were bought by friends; he later treasured his copy of the King James Bible that was stamped "Confiscated by Cambridge Police". A later conviction for publicly lecturing against inviting the US to enter the war on the United Kingdom's side resulted in six months' imprisonment in Brixton prison see Bertrand Russell's views on society in I found prison in many ways quite agreeable.

I had no engagements, no difficult decisions to make, no fear of callers, no interruptions to my work. I read enormously; I wrote a book, "Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy" Hardy on the Trinity controversy and Russell's personal life[ edit ] InG.

Hardy wrote a page pamphlet titled Bertrand Russell and Trinity — published later as a book by Cambridge University Press with a foreword by C. Broad — in which he gave an authoritative account about Russell's dismissal from Trinity College, explaining that a reconciliation between the college and Russell had later taken place and gave details about Russell's personal life.

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Hardy writes that Russell's dismissal had created a scandal since the vast majority of the Fellows of the College opposed the decision.

The ensuing pressure from the Fellows induced the Council to reinstate Russell. In Januaryit was announced that Russell had accepted the reinstatement offer from Trinity and would begin lecturing from October.

In JulyRussell applied for a one year leave of absence; this was approved. He spent the year giving lectures in China and Japan. In Januaryit was announced by Trinity that Russell had resigned and his resignation had been accepted.

This resignation, Hardy explains, was completely voluntary and was not the result of another altercation. The reason for the resignation, according to Hardy, was that Russell was going through a tumultuous time in his personal life with a divorce and subsequent remarriage. Russell contemplated asking Trinity for another one-year leave of absence but decided against it, since this would have been an "unusual application" and the situation had the potential to snowball into another controversy.

InRussell was asked by the Council of Trinity College to give the Tarner Lectures on the Philosophy of the Sciences; these would later be the basis for one of Russell's best received books according to Hardy: The Analysis of Matter, published in I wish to make it plain that Russell himself is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for the writing of the pamphlet I wrote it without his knowledge and, when I sent him the typescript and asked for his permission to print it, I suggested that, unless it contained misstatement of fact, he should make no comment on it.

He agreed to this Between the wars[ edit ] In AugustRussell travelled to Russia as part of an official delegation sent by the British government to investigate the effects of the Russian Revolution. In his autobiography, he mentions that he found Lenin disappointing, sensing an "impish cruelty" in him and comparing him to "an opinionated professor". He cruised down the Volga on a steamship.

His experiences destroyed his previous tentative support for the revolution. For example, he told them that he heard shots fired in the middle of the night and was sure these were clandestine executions, but the others maintained that it was only cars backfiring.

Bertrand Russell, having died according to the Japanese press, is unable to give interviews to Japanese journalists". Russell arranged a hasty divorce from Alys, marrying Dora six days after the divorce was finalised, on 27 September Russell supported his family during this time by writing popular books explaining matters of physicsethics, and education to the layman.

From to the Russells divided their time between London and Cornwallspending summers in Porthcurno. The school was run from a succession of different locations, including its original premises at the Russells' residence, Telegraph House, near HartingWest Sussex.

On 8 July Dora gave birth to her third child Harriet Ruth. After he left the school inDora continued it until Russell's marriage to Dora grew increasingly tenuous, and it reached a breaking point over her having two children with an American journalist, Griffin Barry. On 18 JanuaryRussell married his third wife, an Oxford undergraduate named Patricia "Peter" Spencewho had been his children's governess since Russell and Peter had one son, Conrad Sebastian Robert Russell5th Earl Russell, who became a prominent historian and one of the leading figures in the Liberal Democrat party.

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In he wrote in a personal letter: These widening contexts of interpretation were abstracted into one context, the context in which the specimens, or assemblages of specimens, would be displayed: His approach, however, brought him into conflict with the President of the Museum, Morris Jesupand its director, Hermon Bumpus. By Boas had begun to retreat from American museum anthropology as a tool of education or reform Hinsley He resigned innever to work for a museum again.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. July Learn how and when to remove this template message Science versus history[ edit ] Some scholars, like Boas's student Alfred Kroeberbelieved that Boas used his research in physics as a model for his work in anthropology.

Many others, however—including Boas's student Alexander Lesserand later researchers such as Marian W. SmithHerbert S. Lewisand Matti Bunzl —have pointed out that Boas explicitly rejected physics in favor of history as a model for his anthropological research. This distinction between science and history has its origins in 19th-century German academe, which distinguished between Naturwissenschaften the sciences and Geisteswissenschaften the humanitiesor between Gesetzwissenschaften the law - giving sciences and Geschichtswissenschaften history.

Generally, Naturwissenschaften and Gesetzwissenschaften refer to the study of phenomena that are governed by objective natural laws, while the latter terms in the two oppositions refer to those phenomena that have to mean only in terms of human perception or experience.

InKantian philosopher Wilhelm Windelband coined the terms nomothetic and idiographic to describe these two divergent approaches. He observed that most scientists employ some mix of both, but in differing proportions; he considered physics a perfect example of a nomothetic science, and history, an idiographic science. Moreover, he argued that each approach has its origin in one of the two "interests" of reason Kant had identified in the Critique of Judgement—one "generalizing", the other "specifying".

A Logical Introduction to the Historical Sciences; Boas's students Alfred Kroeber and Edward Sapir relied extensively on this work in defining their own approach to anthropology. Although Kant considered these two interests of reason to be objective and universal, the distinction between the natural and human sciences was institutionalized in Germany, through the organization of scholarly research and teaching, following the Enlightenment.

In Germany, the Enlightenment was dominated by Kant himself, who sought to establish principles based on universal rationality. In reaction to Kant, German scholars such as Johann Gottfried Herder an influence to Boas [45] argued that human creativity, which necessarily takes unpredictable and highly diverse forms, is as important as human rationality. Inthe great linguist and philosopher Wilhelm von Humboldt called for an anthropology that would synthesize Kant's and Herder's interests.

Humboldt founded the University of Berlin inand his work in geography, history, and psychology provided the milieu in which Boas's intellectual orientation matured. Historians working in the Humboldtian tradition developed ideas that would become central in Boasian anthropology. Leopold von Ranke defined the task of the historian as "merely to show as it actually was", which is a cornerstone of Boas's empiricism.

Wilhelm Dilthey emphasized the centrality of "understanding" to human knowledge, and that the lived experience of a historian could provide a basis for an empathic understanding of the situation of a historical actor. Boas argued that geography is and must be historical in this sense. Inafter his Baffin Island expedition, Boas wrote "The Principles of Ethnological Classification", in which he developed this argument in application to anthropology: Ethnological phenomena are the result of the physical and psychical character of men, and of its development under the influence of the surroundings Furthermore, the study of the present surroundings is insufficient: This formulation echoes Ratzel's focus on historical processes of human migration and culture contact and Bastian's rejection of environmental determinism.

It also emphasizes culture as a context "surroundings"and the importance of history. These are the hallmarks of Boasian anthropology which Marvin Harris would later call " historical particularism "would guide Boas's research over the next decade, as well as his instructions to future students. Although context and history were essential elements to Boas's understanding of anthropology as Geisteswissenschaften and Geschichtswissenschaften, there is one essential element that Boasian anthropology shares with Naturwissenschaften: InBoas's student, Alfred Kroeber summed up the three principles of empiricism that define Boasian anthropology as a science: The method of science is, to begin with, questions, not with answers, least of all with value judgments.

Science is a dispassionate inquiry and therefore cannot take over outright any ideologies "already formulated in everyday life" since these are themselves inevitably traditional and normally tinged with emotional prejudice. Sweeping all-or-none, black-and-white judgments are characteristic of categorical attitudes and have no place in science, whose very nature is inferential and judicious.

Orthogenetic versus Darwinian evolution[ edit ] One of the greatest accomplishments of Boas and his students was their critique of theories of physical, social, and cultural evolution current at that time. This critique is central to Boas's work in museums, as well as his work in all four fields of anthropology. As historian George Stocking noted, however, Boas's main project was to distinguish between biological and cultural heredity, and to focus on the cultural processes that he believed had the greatest influence over social life.

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Morgan and Edward Burnett Tylor. Boas rejected the prevalent theories of social evolution developed by Edward Burnett TylorLewis Henry Morganand Herbert Spencer not because he rejected the notion of "evolution" per se, but because he rejected orthogenetic notions of evolution in favor of Darwinian evolution.

The difference between these prevailing theories of cultural evolution and Darwinian theory cannot be overstated: Thus, although the Inuit with whom Boas worked at Baffin Islandand the Germans with whom he studied as a graduate student, were contemporaries of one another, evolutionists argued that the Inuit were at an earlier stage in their evolution, and Germans at a later stage. This echoed a popular misreading of Darwin that suggested that human beings are descended from chimpanzees.

In fact, Darwin argued that chimpanzees and humans are equally evolved. What characterizes Darwinian theory is its attention to the processes by which one species transforms into another; "adaptation" as a key principle in explaining the relationship between a species and its environment; and "natural selection" as a mechanism of change.

In contrast, Morgan, Spencer, and Tylor had little to say about the process and mechanics of change. Furthermore, Darwin built up his theory through a careful examination of considerable empirical data. Boasian research revealed that virtually every claim made by cultural evolutionists was contradicted by the data, or reflected a profound misinterpretation of the data.

As Boas's student Robert Lowie remarked, "Contrary to some misleading statements on the subject, there have been no responsible opponents of evolution as 'scientifically proved', though there has been determined hostility to an evolutionary metaphysics that falsifies the established facts". In an unpublished lecture, Boas characterized his debt to Darwin thus: Although the idea does not appear quite definitely expressed in Darwin's discussion of the development of mental powers, it seems quite clear that his main object has been to express his conviction that the mental faculties developed essentially without a purposive end, but they originated as variations, and were continued by natural selection.

This idea was also brought out very clearly by Wallace, who emphasized that apparently reasonable activities of man might very well have developed without an actual application of reasoning.

Thus, Boas suggested that what appear to be patterns or structures in a culture were not a product of conscious design, but rather the outcome of diverse mechanisms that produce cultural variation such as diffusion and independent inventionshaped by the social environment in which people live and act. Boas concluded his lecture by acknowledging the importance of Darwin's work: I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you, however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to the work of the immortal Darwin which have helped to make anthropology what it is at the present time.

July Learn how and when to remove this template message In the late 19th century anthropology in the United States was dominated by the Bureau of American Ethnologydirected by John Wesley Powella geologist who favored Lewis Henry Morgan 's theory of cultural evolution. Masonshared Powell's commitment to cultural evolution. The Peabody Museum at Harvard University was an important, though lesser, center of anthropological research.

Courtesy of National Anthropology Archives. Kwakiutl culture It was while working on museum collections and exhibitions that Boas formulated his basic approach to culture, which led him to break with museums and seek to establish anthropology as an academic discipline.

During this period Boas made five more trips to the Pacific Northwest. His continuing field research led him to think of culture as a local context for human action. His emphasis on local context and history led him to oppose the dominant model at the time, cultural evolution.

Boas initially broke with evolutionary theory over the issue of kinship. Lewis Henry Morgan had argued that all human societies move from an initial form of matrilineal organization to patrilineal organization. First Nations groups on the northern coast of British Columbia, like the Tsimshianand Tlingitwere organized into matrilineal clans.

First Nations on the southern coast, like the Nootka and the Salishhowever, were organized into patrilineal groups. Boas focused on the Kwakiutlwho lived between the two clusters. The Kwakiutl seemed to have a mix of features. Prior to marriage, a man would assume his wife's father's name and crest.

His children took on these names and crests as well, although his sons would lose them when they got married. Names and crests thus stayed in the mother's line. At first, Boas—like Morgan before him—suggested that the Kwakiutl had been matrilineal like their neighbors to the north, but that they were beginning to evolve patrilineal groups.

Inhowever, he repudiated himself, and argued that the Kwakiutl were changing from a prior patrilineal organization to a matrilineal one, as they learned about matrilineal principles from their northern neighbors.

Boas's rejection of Morgan's theories led him, in an article, to challenge Mason's principles of museum display. At stake, however, were more basic issues of causality and classification.

The evolutionary approach to material culture led museum curators to organize objects on display according to function or level of technological development. Curators assumed that changes in the forms of artifacts reflect some natural process of progressive evolution.

Boas, however, felt that the form an artifact took reflected the circumstances under which it was produced and used. Arguing that "[t]hough like causes have like effects like effects have not like causes", Boas realized that even artifacts that were similar in form might have developed in very different contexts, for different reasons. Mason's museum displays, organized along evolutionary lines, mistakenly juxtapose like effects; those organized along contextual lines would reveal like causes.

Peary bring one Inuk from Greenland to New York. Four of them died from tuberculosis within a year of arriving in New York, with the exception of one young boy, Minik Wallace. Boas staged a funeral for the father of the boy, and instead of resting the remains in peace, Boas had the remains dissected and placed in the museum. Later Minik Wallace realized that his father's bones were kept at the museum and requested their return.

Boas then no longer worked at the museum, but the museum did not want to return the bones. Minik eventually was able to return to Greenland, but Boas did not help him or pay any attention to the plight of the Inuit whom he had brought to New York.

Boas has been widely critiqued for his role in bringing Minik and the five other Inuit to New York, and his disinterest in them once they had served their purpose at the museum. July Learn how and when to remove this template message Columbia University library in Boas was appointed a lecturer in physical anthropology at Columbia University inand promoted to professor of anthropology in However, the various anthropologists teaching at Columbia had been assigned to different departments.

When Boas left the Museum of Natural History, he negotiated with Columbia University to consolidate the various professors into one department, of which Boas would take charge. Boas's program at Columbia became the first Ph. Boas originally wanted the AAA to be limited to professional anthropologists, but W. McGee another geologist who had joined the BAE under Powell's leadership argued that the organization should have an open membership. McGee's position prevailed and he was elected the organization's first president in ; Boas was elected a vice-president, along with Putnam, Powell, and Holmes.

At both Columbia and the AAA, Boas encouraged the "four-field" concept of anthropology; he personally contributed to physical anthropologylinguisticsarchaeologyas well as cultural anthropology.

His work in these fields was pioneering: The four-field approach understood not merely as bringing together different kinds of anthropologists into one department, but as reconceiving anthropology through the integration of different objects of anthropological research into one overarching object, was one of Boas's fundamental contributions to the discipline, and came to characterize American anthropology against that of EnglandFranceor Germany.

This approach defines as its object the human species as a totality. This focus did not lead Boas to seek to reduce all forms of humanity and human activity to some lowest common denominator; rather, he understood the essence of the human species to be the tremendous variation in human form and activity an approach that parallels Charles Darwin's approach to species in general. In his essay, "Anthropology", Boas identified two basic questions for anthropologists: We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological, and mental characteristics of a man considered as an individual; but we are interested in the diversity of these traits in groups of men found in different geographical areas and in different social classes.

It is our task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed differentiation and to investigate the sequence of events that have led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life.